Many states have enacted their own fair employment practices laws. Many of these states have prohibitions against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disabilities. Other state laws prohibit additional types of employment discrimination such as discrimination because of arrest record, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, color blindness and unfavorable military discharge. Additionally, legislation regulating the employment of immigrants has also been enacted by some states.
State coverage is often more comprehensive than the federal laws. In addition, states may have different procedures for filing discrimination complaints. Therefore, you are encouraged to call your local Equal Employment Opportunity office for specific details. To obtain the telephone number and address of your local EEOC office, you may call 1-800-669-4000.