Disabilities (ADA): South Dakota

This item is part of Disabilities (ADA).

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Authors: David J. Goldstein and Patrick F. Martin, Littler Mendelson, PC


  • In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, South Dakota employers must comply with state and local law, including the South Dakota Human Relations Act. See Disability Discrimination in South Dakota.
  • The South Dakota Human Relations Act specifically prohibits an employer from failing or refusing to hire, terminating an employee, or imposing unfavorable or unequal treatment to any person or employee with respect to application, hiring, training, apprenticeship, tenure, promotion, upgrading, compensation, layoff, or any term or condition of employment because of disability. See The South Dakota Human Relations Act.
  • South Dakota law specifically prohibits employers from seeking, obtaining, or using any genetic information to discriminate against employees or prospective employees. See Genetic Testing.
  • Some South Dakota cities also have local ordinances prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities. See Local Ordinances.