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Vegan Jobs Statement for Potential Employers

Why it IS LEGAL to use discriminatory hiring practices on the basis of an applicantís diet:

Federal Law

Only discrimination based on certain characteristics (protected categories) is illegal. If a specific category of peoples is not explicitly protected by law from discriminatory hiring practices, a potential employer reserves the right to discriminately employ or not employ this category of people. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency which is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the body of laws protecting certain groups from employment discrimination. The acts which stipulate the categories of persons defended by the EEOC under anti-discrimination policies include the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Equal Pay Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.

Currently, a federal law does not exist under any act which stipulates that a person is protected from discrimination on the basis of their dietetic practices. For the purposes of Vegan Jobs, this means that it is perfectly legal for an employer to not hire applicants who consume animal products and/or exclusively hire applicants who do not consume animal products.

State Law

States may extend the protection of anti-discrimination statutes to categories of people not enumerated under federal guidelines. Some examples of this would be state laws protecting persons from employment discrimination based on marital status, sexual orientation, or height and weight. State Fair Employment Practices (SFEP) offices take the role of the EEOC in administering state statutes.

Currently, a law does not exist in any one of the fifty states, or in any jurisdiction at all, protecting persons from employment discrimination on the basis of dietetic practices. Therefore, as with federal law, there exists no state or county statute protecting citizens who consume animal products from discriminatory hiring practices.

Below is the list of categories by which a potential employer cannot discriminate:

  • Race or color
  • Ethnicity or national origin
  • Sex or gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion or creed
  • Political affiliation
  • Language abilities
  • Citizenship
  • Disability or medical condition
  • Age
  • Sexual orientation
  • Genetic Information
  • Gender identity
  • Marital status
  • Military veteran status
  • Military discharge status or anticipated military deployment

All employers have the right to not hire an applicant who consumes animal products and the right to hire only applicants who do not consume animal products.