The Arkansas Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, gender (includes pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), or sensory, physical, or mental disability. The Act applies to all employers with nine or more employees for 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or prior year (AR Code Sec. 16-123-101 et seq.).
Religious discrimination. An employer can refuse to accommodate the religious practice of an employee or applicant if the accommodation would create an undue hardship on the employer's business (AR Code Sec. 16-123-103).
Age discrimination: public employers. Arkansas law prohibits public employers from discriminating on the basis of age (40 years and older), unless age constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ); i.e., an age limitation or qualification is necessary in order to perform the job in question (AR Code Sec. 21-3-201 et seq.).