July 2017 Archives

Workplace discrimination victims in Missouri to face new hurdles

Missourians who are let go from their jobs for what they believe are discriminatory reasons may soon face additional hurdles, now that the governor has signed legislation that limits their options as far as legal recourse. According to St. Louis Public Radio, the controversial bills is to take effect Aug. 28, 2017, which has the leader of the Missouri NAACP encouraging those who are victims of discrimination to file suit before it does.

What is subtle sexual harassment?

The face of sexual harassment has changed due to many laws being in place to discourage such actions in Missouri workplaces. You likely are not going to be fired if you don't kiss the boss, be subjected to co-workers touching you inappropriately or get ogled while at work. Such blatant harassment is something people are aware is not okay and will be dealt with. However, taking its place is a new form of subtle harassment, which can be more difficult to deal with.

What constitutes wrongful termination?

Wrongful termination in Missouri is often a widely misunderstood topic. According to Fortune, most employment is considered at will. This means your employer needs no reason to fire you. Not being given a solid reason for being fired does not constitute wrongful termination under the law unless your employment contract specifies otherwise.

Don’t be a victim of misclassification

Most workers in Missouri are protected by certain federal and state regulations if they are employees. However, rules such as the wage and hour law that requires employers to pay the minimum wage do not apply to independent contractors. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, if an employer claims that an employee is an independent contractor, it is misclassification. Not only is this illegal, it can cause the worker significant financial hardship.

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