Are political views protected by discrimination laws?

There are many types of discrimination you are protected against when it comes to employment. You cannot be fired for being a certain gender or race. Your employer cannot take adverse actions against you specifically because you are a member of a certain relgiion or because of your sexual orientation. However, not everything you do is protected. Your political affliation, for the most part, is not a protected class under state or federal employment laws in Missouri. 

According to the Huffington Post, you do not have protection from an employer firing you, refusing to hire you or taking other adverse employment actions against you simply because of your political opinions. However, there are some situations where you may be protected. A good example would be if you have an employment contract. Typically, in such agreements, there are stated reasons why you can be fired. If your political affiliation is not listed as a condition, then you are probably safe from being fired due to speaking out about which candidate you support.

You may also be protected under discrimination laws. Your employer may wish to limit political conversations in the workplace, but they must do so for every employee to avoid discrimination issues. This is usually true when the candidates and discussions are tied to protected classes, such as religion or race.

If you work for the federal government, you have extra protection under the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. This Act makes it illegal for employers to fire you due to your political affiliation or activities.

When it comes to what you do outside of work, certain local areas may offer protection against discrimination for your political activities. However, this may not be extended in all areas. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

 

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