Missouri Sex Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Missouri Sex Discrimination: What you need to know

The Missouri Fair Employment Practices Act (MHRA) prohibits discrimination in employment because of sex (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 213.055 et seq.). The MHRA covers all public employers and private employers with six or more employees.
Under the MHRA, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Fail or refuse to hire, to discharge, or to otherwise to discriminate with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of an individual's sex.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect employment status because of the individual's sex.
• Print or circulate an advertisement or publication; use an application for employment, or make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination because of sex, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification.
• Aid, abet, incite, compel, or coerce unlawful discrimination.
• Retaliate or discriminate against any person who has opposed an unlawful discriminatory practice, filed a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the MHRA.
• Discriminate in any manner because of a person's association with a member of a protected group.
Marital status. Practice rules issued by the Commission on Human Rights prohibit any distinction between married and unmarried persons of one sex that is not applied to married and unmarried persons of the opposite sex.
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