Anti-discrimination laws have helped thousands of people join the workforce and become financially independent, useful members of society. Although each state may have its own set of laws, the federal suite of employment discrimination laws is the minimum protection employers must provide to their employees. Employers generally cannot discriminate in their hiring, firing, promotion, or compensation practices on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, age, or disability unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification, in other words, a quality that someone must possess in order to perform the job well. Read through this section to get a general overview of the federal and state protections against employment discrimination.
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