Missouri National Origin Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Missouri National Origin Discrimination: What you need to know

The Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) prohibits employment practices that discriminate because of national origin or ancestry (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 213.055 et seq.). The MHRA covers all state employers and private employers with six or more employees. Under the MHRA, it is unlawful to:
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• Refuse to hire, terminate, or discriminate in the compensation, terms, or conditions of employment because of an individual's national origin.
• 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 national origin, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). (See ADVERTISING in this section for details.)
• Make any inquiry in connection with a prospective employee that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination because of national origin, unless based on a BFOQ.
• 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, 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.
BFOQ. It is not an unlawful employment practice for an employer to hire an individual on the basis of the individual's national origin, when national origin is a BFOQ reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the particular business (e.g., hiring actors to ...

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