Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Discrimination, Employment Law, Utah, Anti-discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, State Legislation, EEOC, UALD, Title IX, Harassment, Wrongful Termination, Sexual Harassment, Religious Discrimination, Religious Liberties


Despite being a pro-business state, Utah is not considered employee-friendly; employment discrimination is prevalent, in spite of the state and federal laws in place to protect against it. The state agency that is in place to safeguard employees against unlawful discrimination is the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD), established by the Utah Antidiscrimination Act (UADA). While the UALD has the potential to be a powerful legal guardrail for employees, it currently is not fulfilling this potential. This paper explores the shortcomings of the UALD and argues that changes should be made to strengthen the authority of the UADA.