How Missouri protects victims of age discrimination

As someone between the ages of 40 and 70 who makes a living in Missouri, you have certain protections at the state level that exist in addition to federal protections such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. At Hollingshead & Dudley Trial Lawyers, we have a comprehensive understanding of the Missouri Human Rights Act and how it protects workers like you, and we have considerable experience representing clients who are victims of age discrimination in the workplace.

The age discrimination protectionsoutlined by the Missouri Human Rights Act apply to those currently working and those seeking employment within the state, and any employer with more six or more workers must adhere to the act’s terms. It applies to state and federal governmental employers and employees as well as those within the private sector, and it also sets guidelines for labor unions and temporary employment agencies.

At its core, the Missouri Human Rights Act dictates that your employer, or your prospective employer, may not discriminate against you because of your age with regard to hiring or firing decisions, job duties or benefits. It also dictates that your age cannot be a factor in decisions about promotions, pay or any other condition of employment.

The Act also asserts that employers may not discriminate against applicantsby listing specific desired ages, or age ranges, for potential employees, with one minor exception. If being of a certain age is essential for performing duties necessary for business operation, as is the case for, say, a company that employs taxi drivers, then noting that applicants must be old enough to hold driver’s licenses may be permissible. More information about workplace discrimination is available on our website. 

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