Here is a summary of the North Discrimination laws:-
- North Carolina outlaws discrimination based on religion, color, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation in public employment.
- However, in private employment, there is no available prohibition of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
- The state laws bar the local municipalities from pursuing prohibition on sexual orientation or gender identity in regions other than public employment.
- The University of North Carolina System inculcates North Carolina’s 16 public universities. It has established a policy of non-discrimination in employment and for the students regarding sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Similarly, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency has a policy that portrays that all the employees and applicants will enjoy equal employment opportunities without being biased regarding color, religion, race, gender, creed, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or the like.
- The counties of Buncombe, Mecklenburg, Orange, Asheville, Charlotte, Boone, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Raleigh- prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in local public employment.
- However, the counties of Durham, Guilford, Bessemer City, Durham, High Point, and Winston Salem pose prohibition based on sexual orientation in local public employment only.
- There is also a law by which it is illegal to discriminate based on HIV or AIDS. However, the employer can take a pre-employment HIV test.
Hence, if you experience discrimination on nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, or the like, it is illegal. In such conditions, you are liable to report and file a claim.