What Types of Discrimination Are Illegal Under Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act (FEPA)?

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an individual because of her race, color, birthplace, ancestry, culture, or linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group.

Employers must reasonably accommodate an employee or prospective employee´s religious belief unless this causes the employer undue hardship.

Discriminating by directly requesting sexual favors or by creating a hostile environment for persons of either gender in the workplace, or failing to treat pregnancy the same as any other temporary illness or condition is illegal.

It is discriminatory for an employer to not provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. To show a disability there must be a record of the impairment or the person must be regarded as having the impairment. The federal government enacted The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to specifically address issues facing disabled individuals.

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an individual because he is age 40 or older.

Discriminating against an individual based on his/her marital status is illegal. Marital status is a protected class in Nebraska, but is not protected in all states.