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Employment Discrimination or Housing/Public Accommodation or Other

Vermont and federal law prohibit employment, housing or public accommodation discrimination or retaliation based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability. Vermont law also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, marital status, minor children, receipt of public assistance, HIV status, place of birth, and age over 18. It is also unlawful to retaliate or discriminate against individuals that have alleged discrimination.

Issue: Employment Discrimination

Vermont and federal law prohibit employment discrimination or retaliation based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability. Vermont law also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, place of birth, and age over 18. It is also unlawful to retaliate or discriminate against employees or applicants that have alleged employment discrimination. Employees or applicants for employment (other than with the State of Vermont) can file discrimination claims with the Civil Rights Unit. under state law, or under both state and federal law.

How do I:

  • File an employment discrimination complaint against a private employer?

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  • Learn more about the Attorney General's Civil Rights Unit Employment discrimination Investigative process?

  • File an employment discrimination complaint against the State of Vermont?

    The Attorney General’s Office does not handle discrimination claims against state government. Those discrimination claims are handled by the Human Rights Commission

  • Get more information about my rights under federal law:

    Contact:
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Boston Area Office
    One Congress St
    10th Floor, Room 1001
    Boston, MA 02114
    (800) 669-4000
    (800) 669-6820 (TTY)
    www.eeoc.gov

    File a federal employment discrimination complaint?

Law

State:

Fair Employment Practices. 21 V.S.A. §§ 495-496.

Federal:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U. S. C. § 2000 et seq.
Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12111 et seq.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. §206(d).

Issue: Housing and Public Accommodation

It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age (starting at 18 and over), mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, marital status, HIV status, place of birth, minor children or receipt of public assistance in housing and public accommodations.

A place of public accommodation is an establishment such as a hotel, restaurant, school, office or store that offers facilities, goods or services to the general public.

The Vermont Human Rights Commission handles housing and public accommodation discrimination complaints. To learn more about their process contact them at:

http://www.hrc.state.vt.us or as follows:

135 State Street, Drawer 33
Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
(802)828-2480 (phone and TTY)
(800)416-2010 (toll free in Vermont only)

Issue: Other (under construction)

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