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Authors: Jason Janoski and Alan L. Rupe, Kutak Rock LLP

Summary

  • The Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) applies to more employers than federal antidiscrimination law and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age or disability. See Discrimination Under the Missouri Human Rights Act.
  • Employers may not conduct employment testing which discriminates against individuals based on membership in a protected class. See Employment Testing.
  • Missouri courts apply a contributing factor analysis to claims under the MHRA. See Application of Federal Law.
  • It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee or applicant because the individual uses lawful alcohol or tobacco products off the employer's premises during non-work hours unless the use interferes with the employee's duties or the operation of the business. See Smokers' Rights Law.
  • St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City have ordinances prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. See Discrimination Under Municipal Law.
  • It is unlawful in Missouri for an employer to use any genetic information or genetic test results of an employee or prospective employee to distinguish between, discriminate against, or restrict any right or benefit otherwise due to the individual. See Genetic Testing.