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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do the federal employment discrimination laws enforced by EEOC apply to my business?

It depends on how many employees your business has:

  • If you have at least one employee: You are covered by the law that requires employers to provide equal pay for equal work to male and female employees.
  • If you have 15 to 19 employees: You are covered by the laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, disability and genetic information (including family medical history). You are also covered by the law that requires employers to provide equal pay for equal work.
  • If you have 20 or more employees: You are covered by the laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), disability and genetic information (including family medical history). You are also covered by the law that requires employers to provide equal pay for equal work.

State and/or local employment discrimination laws may also apply to your business. State and local government websites may have information about these laws.

See also:

Who is an "employee" under federal employment discrimination laws?

What are my responsibilities under federal employment discrimination laws?