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Does my genetic history put my job at risk?

Our understanding of what produces diseases or chronic disorders continues to breach new barriers, but with that increasing knowledge comes the expanding ability to look at a person’s genetic history and determine that the person may stand a greater chance of developing a form of cancer or other disease. Anyone who works in a Missouri workplace should know that their job should never be at risk because of their genetic history.

How do I prove workplace discrimination?

Discrimination is against the law in Missouri, but that does not mean that workplace discrimination does not happen. Many times, people get away with it because the victim does not think he or she can prove it happened. If you find yourself in a situation where you have suffered discrimination, then it is important to make sure you have the evidence you need to prove your claim. If it comes down to just your word against somebody else's word, then the chances are good you will lose your case.

Can employers dictate hairstyles of employees?

Dress codes are nothing new in the workplace. Many employers want to create a situation where employees and customers are visibly different or an employer may want to present a certain image through the way employees dress. However, discrimination issues may come up when employers get a little too strict with dress codes where they expand into areas of employee's personal appearances. 

Are women still being fired for getting pregnant?

Employers in Missouri must follow all laws regarding fair and equal treatment of their employees. This includes not discriminating against those in protected groups. If you are a woman, you are protected against discrimination due to pregnancy. However, many women are finding that pregnancy discrimination is still very much an issue, according to CNN. 

Study highlights disparities for women in STEM careers

Workplace discrimination is alive and well in Missouri and across the country. Women who work in certain careers are more likely to experience inequalities in pay and receive discriminatory behaviors from their coworkers. According to a Pew Research Center study, at least 50 percent of women who work in STEM jobs have experienced gender-related discrimination, 36 percent of females have also been exposed to sexual harassment. 

Why is proving employment discrimination difficult?

There are many different types of discrimination that you could be exposed to in a working environment in Missouri. While discrimination is prohibited by law, it still happens all the time. This is not because people are unaware that it is illegal or that people are not reporting it. One of the biggest problems with discrimination is that it is difficult to prove, so people often get away with doing it.

Signs you might be at risk of workplace discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace is a very serious matter. If you fall into a protected class that, you deserve to receive equal treatment and accommodation in the workplace. For example, if your age, gender or race qualifies you as a protected class, then you expect your work environment to be safe and free from discriminatory behavior.

What constitutes age discrimination?

You may experience many different types of discrimination in a Missouri workplace. Sometimes, you may not even be aware that you were discriminated against. If you are treated unfairly due to a specific characteristic you possess, then that is discrimination. One such protected area is age, but age discrimination is not always clear. Not all age ranges are protected under federal law, which can is only part of why it can be a little confusing. It helps to become familiar with the law and the specifics of what constitutes age discrimination, so you can be aware of your own rights.

What types of evidence is used to prove discrimination?

While you probably are well aware that you are protected against discrimination based on your gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability in Missouri, you may not be clear on how you can prove such discrimination occurred. According to the Department of Justice, there are three main types of evidence that is used to prove discrimination claims.

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. 

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