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Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates: Missouri

Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Karen R. Glickstein, Polsinelli


  • The Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) applies to private employers with six or more employees and protects individuals from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), ancestry, age or disability. See Missouri Human Rights Act.
  • Missouri has a resource guide with examples of questions to avoid during a job interview. See Preemployment Inquiries.
  • A number of cities go beyond state law when it comes to protecting job applicants and employees from discrimination. See Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
  • Missouri employers may not deny employment because of an applicant's lawful use of tobacco products on their own time. See Smoking.
  • The Missouri Commission on Human Rights warns against asking about information which may disproportionately affect members of certain protected groups. See Arrest and Conviction Records.
  • Columbia and Kansas City have "ban the box" laws that place limits on a private employer's ability to obtain criminal history information. See Ban the Box.