Your legal protections: If you work in Arkansas and feel like you are being discriminated against because of your age, race, gender, religion, or due to a disability, you may have a claim against your employer, if the discrimination is affecting you in the workplace. You have protection pursuant to Title VII of federal law and pursuant to the Arkansas Civil Rights Act.
Statute of limitations: Under federal law, you are required to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the discriminatory act. If you fail to file this claim before your statute of limitations has run, then you are forever barred from filing a federal claim for the employment discrimination. This is a very short statute of limitations. You must be careful not to allow the time to lapse. Under the Arkansas Civil Rights Act, however, there is a one year statute of limitations. Therefore, you will need to file any case against your employer within one year of the discriminatory act in Arkansas courts.