Missouri Age Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Missouri Age Discrimination: What you need to know

The Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) prohibits employment practices that discriminate against persons who are over the age of 40 but under the age of 70. The MHRA covers all state employers and private employers with six or more employees (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 213.055 et seq.). Under the MHRA, it is unlawful for an employer to:
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• Refuse to hire, terminate, or discriminate in the compensation, terms, or conditions of employment because of an individual's age.
• 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 age, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Make any inquiry in connection with a prospective employee that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination because of age.
• Aid, incite, compel, or coerce a person to commit acts prohibited by the Law.
• Retaliate or discriminate in any way against a person because he or she has 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 his or her association with a person protected by the Law.
Workplace harassment based on an individual's age is a violation of the MHRA when the harassing conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to alter the conditions of the individual's employment and create a hostile work environment. In addition, harassment violates the law when the offensive conduct ...

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