The Missouri Human Rights Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate because of race or color (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 213.055 et seq.). The Law covers all state employers and private employers with six or more employees. Under the Law, it is unlawful to:
• Refuse to hire, terminate, or discriminate in the compensation, terms, or conditions of employment because of an individual's race or color.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants in any way that would deprive them of employment opportunities or adversely affect their employment status.
• Print or circulate any statement or advertisement for employment expressing any limitation, specification, or discrimination because of race or color.
• Make any inquiry in connection with a prospective employee that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination because of race or color.
• Aid, incite, compel, or coerce a person to commit acts prohibited by the Law.
• Retaliate or discriminate in any way against a person because they have opposed an unlawful practice; filed a complaint; or testified, assisted, or participated in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing conducted under the Law.
• Discriminate in any way against any person because of their association with a person protected by the Law.
Legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer provided a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for firing an employee after he failed to cooperate with the employer's suggestions to improve his performance (Montes v. Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, 540 F.3d 852 (8th Cir. 2008)). In this case, the former employee claimed the employer fired him because of his race and national origin in ...