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Pre-hire considerations — South Carolina Templates

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Including an equal employment opportunity statement on employment applications and in employee handbooks is necessary to enhance compliance with federal and state civil rights laws, including:

  • the South Carolina Human Affairs Law
  • the South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodation Act
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII)
  • the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Title VII and the ADA cover employers with 15 or more employees. The ADEA covers employers of 20 or more employees. These statutes collectively prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and age. USERRA, which protects the reemployment rights of members of our armed forces, applies to all employers regardless of size.

The South Carolina Human Affairs Law:

  • covers employers with 15 or more employees