Missouri Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Missouri Affirmative Action: What you need to know

Affirmative action laws require the employer to make proactive efforts to represent individuals from certain protected classes in the workplace at levels comparable to those for unprotected groups. Affirmative action requirements are separate and distinct from nondiscrimination laws, which prohibit discriminatory acts against protected persons but do not mandate proactive steps in their favor. This section is limited to a discussion of affirmative action requirements.
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The State of Missouri prohibits discrimination in employment but does not require private employers to have an affirmative action plan (AAP). The Missouri Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, or disability (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 213.055). The Act covers employers with six or more employees. Another statute prohibits any employer from discriminating against an employee or prospective employee on the basis of genetic test results (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 375.1306). The Act specifically provides that nothing in it should be interpreted to require preferential treatment for any individual or group because that group is underrepresented in the employer's workforce.
The Missouri Minority Business Advocacy Commission sponsors programs to increase economic opportunity for minority businesses by all state departments (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 33.752). For additional information, visit their website at http://boards.mo.gov.
The state of Missouri provides some guidance for voluntary affirmative action plans. Such plans may be appropriate in limited circumstances in ...

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