Utah Legislature Leaves Thousands of Workers without Workplace Protections

Mar 17, 2018Op-ed, Work, Ethnic & Racial Minorities, Women

Workers at companies with less than 15 employees still have no legal recourse for biases against their gender, race, sex, religion, pregnancy or other protected classes. A bill that would have extended protections to workplaces with more than five employees failed to advance in the Legislature. As of September, 2017, 271,794 Utah workers — about 18 percent of the state’s labor force — work at businesses with less than 15 employees, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

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