Federal laws apply to all states, and the vast majority of states also include all of the EEOC bases of discrimination in their state laws on discrimination. In the state’s own discrimination laws, it is able to include additional bases of discrimination. For example, many states are now including military discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination as additional discrimination bases in their laws.
States cannot take away any of the discrimination bases listed in the federal laws, these bases must be followed in every state. States are allowed to:
1. set up their own discrimination laws that mirror the federal laws;
2. set up their own discrimination laws that not only mirror the federal laws but add some additional bases; or,
3. merely reference the federal law and run all discrimination complaints through the local federal agency office.