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The New Hampshire "Law Against Discrimination" is contained in NH RSA 354-A, and covers employment, housing, and places of public accommodation.

The Commission adopts rules pursuant to RSA 541-A, the Administrative Procedure Act, in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Act. The Commission's rules, once adopted in accordance with RSA 541-A, have the force of law unless they are amended or revised or unless a court of competent jurisdiction determines otherwise.

The Law Against Discrimination was amended in several significant ways in the 2006 legislative session. Changes include, but are not limited to:

(1) Requirement that employers provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees and applicants with disabilities, unless to do so would cause undue hardship;

(2) Non-profit charitable and educational corporations and associations are now included in the definition of "employer;"

(3) Enhanced compensatory damage provision in certain cases removed to state court;

(4) Housing discrimination now covers access to and membership in multiple-listing services, brokers' organizations, and other services relating to the business of selling or renting dwellings;

(5) Commission will pay cost of transcript on appeal for persons who are indigent.

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