What are the protected classes in Indiana?
In all 50 states, federal law makes it illegal to discriminate based on:
- National origin
- Sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions)
- Age (40 and older)
- Citizenship status
- Genetic information
In addition, Indiana state law also prohibits discrimination based on:
- National origin
- Disability: physical or mental (15 or more employees)
- Age (40 to 75, applies to employers with one or more employees)
- Off-duty tobacco use
- Sealed or expunged arrest or conviction record
How many employees must a company in Indiana have to be subject to antidiscrimination laws?
Under federal law, companies with 15 or more employees are covered by Title VII, the primary law prohibiting employment discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination based on genetic information. Companies with 20 or more employees are subject to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the federal law that prohibits discrimination against employees 40 years or older. Companies with four or more employees must comply with the employment discrimination provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of citizenship status. And all companies of any size must pay men and women equally for doing equal work, by virtue of the Equal Pay Act.
In Indiana, companies with six or more employees are subject to the state's antidiscrimination law.
What government agency regulates workplace discrimination in Indiana?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that regulates workplace discrimination. You can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by calling 800-669-4000 or check out its website at www.eeoc.gov. The website will help you locate an EEOC field office in Indiana.
The Civil Rights Commission enforces state antidiscrimination law in Indiana. You can contact the Civil Rights Commission at 317-232-2600 or 800-628-2909 or go to its website.
Last updated on 3/27/14