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It is against the law in Missouri to discriminate against individuals in the context of housing, employment, and other areas. If you believe you have been unfairly discriminated against, Wrabec Law, P.C. can help you take legal action and assert your rights by filing a complaint. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect; Attorney Cyril Wrabec and Attorney Mark Meyer will put their 32 years of combined experience to use as we champion your anti-discrimination rights. Don’t hesitate to contact Wrabec Law, P.C. today for more information.
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The Missouri Human Rights Act
The Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits acts of discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation based on an individual’s protected characteristics, including:
- race and color;
- national origin;
- sex and gender;
- sexual orientation;
- age (in employment cases);
- familial status (in housing cases).
It is also illegal to retaliate against someone for filing a complaint of discrimination or assisting in an investigation of discrimination.
Some examples of illegal discriminatory behavior in the workplace are:
- hiring or firing an employee due to a protected characteristic like age or gender;
- offering different compensation, assignments, or classifications in the workplace based on a protected trait;
- prohibiting or restricting the use of certain company facilities based on gender or sexual orientation;
- not offering disability leave;
- condoning or committing harassment based on a colleague’s protected traits;
- denying employment opportunities due to a person’s relationship with someone of a particular race.
Examples of discriminating against an individual looking for housing could be:
- refusing to rent or sell housing to someone based on a certain protected characteristic like their race;
- settling different terms, conditions, or privileges for the sale or rental of a home due to the buyer’s sex or gender;
- providing different housing services or facilities to different people;
- refusing to inform homebuyers of their loan options based on their race or gender.
Lastly, discrimination in the context of public accommodations might include:
- refusing to provide access ramps for people with disabilities;
- failing to reasonably accommodate an individual’s disability to allow them to utilize the public premises;
- failing to provide an accessible restroom if public restrooms are available;
- establishing different terms and conditions for services or facilities based on people’s protected characteristics.
Anyone who feels they have been discriminated against for the above reasons may file a formal complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR). For work-related discrimination cases, employees should file an Equal Opportunity Discrimination Complaint with the Missouri Department of Labor.
The process for filing a discrimination complaint is as follows:
- File a formal complaint with the MCHR.
- The MCHR will serve the complaint to any named respondents and will ask the involved parties to settle the dispute.
- The complainant may request a Notice of Right to Sue, and they will have 90 days to file the suit.
- An investigator will interview witnesses, gather and review relevant documents, and write an investigative summary of the issues in the complaint.
- The MCHR will make a determination either of no violation (no discrimination is found, but the complainant may appeal the finding) or probable cause (discrimination is found, and the parties must settle the case).
- An unresolved case may proceed to a hearing.
- The MCHR will issue a Final Decision and Order – if no discrimination is found, the case will be dismissed, and if discrimination is found, remedies may be ordered. Either party may appeal the decision.
Remedies available in a discrimination case will depend on the context, such as if the discrimination occurred in a housing application or workplace. Some examples of remedies ordered by the MCHR may be reinstating a worker’s position or a promotion, back pay, and non-economic damages (pain and suffering, humiliation, deprivation of rights).
Under no circumstances is someone allowed to discriminate against you for your LGBTQ status, race, gender, or other personal trait. If you have been unfairly treated on discriminatory grounds, you have the right to file a complaint either with the MCHR or the Missouri Department of Labor. Wrabec Law, P.C. can help you navigate the legal process and build a strong case for your claim for damages.
Don’t let your rights be infringed upon. Schedule a free consultation with Wrabec Law, P.C. today.
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