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Types of Workplace Discrimination in Vermont

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State and federal laws recognize that discrimination is unlawful when people are:

  1. Treated unfairly in employment based on one or more legally protected categories, or
  2. Subject to illegal harassment at work, or
  3. Retaliated against for exercising their rights under workplace discrimination laws.

Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) makes it an “unlawful employment practice” for an employer to discriminate against a person based on:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Crime Victim status (not recognized for protection under federal law)
  • Disability
  • Gender Identity
  • Health insurance coverage status (not recognized for protection under federal law)
  • HIV+ Status
  • National Origin
  • Place of Birth
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Association with a member of a legally protected category listed above

These are considered “legally protected categories.”