The Antidiscrimination & Labor Division's Employment Discrimination focus is to administer and enforce the Utah Antidiscrimination Act of 1965, found at Utah Code Annotated, Title 34A Chapter 5. The Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age (over 40), national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy-related conditions. Utah has also added additional protections which provide that employees may express religious and moral beliefs in the workplace in a reasonable manner on equal terms with similar expressions allowed by the employer and that employers may not discharge, demote, refuse to hire, retaliate, or discriminate against an individual based on expressions of religious, political, or personal belief outside of the workplace. Additionally, based on a work-share and contract agreement with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the UALD is empowered to act as an agent of the EEOC and has authority to enforce Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Employment Discrimination Section receives, mediates (for early resolution), investigates and resolves charges of employment discrimination. It also acts as a resource to employees and employers concerning laws which prohibit employment discrimination, conducts seminars and uses other teaching methods to make employers aware of conditions which lead to employment discrimination.
The Employment Discrimination Section encourages voluntary compliance through effective educational presentations. Alternative dispute resolution has also been used to effectively resolve employment discrimination charges.