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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is an "Employee" Under Federal Employment Discrimination Laws?

Employees include:

  • People who work full-time, part-time, seasonally or on a temporary basis;
  • Individuals assigned to your business under a work program (for example, a program that provides placements for welfare recipients);
  • Volunteers, in some cases; and
  • Individuals who are not citizens (including individuals who are undocumented).

If you have or had at least 15 employees for at least 20 calendar weeks this year or last year, your business is covered by most federal employment discrimination laws.

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Do the federal employment discrimination laws apply to my business?