Protection Against Discrimination
The Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) investigates complaints of discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability and age (40 or older). Complaints under the Missouri Human Rights Act must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. Federal laws protect against discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the federal laws. The EEOC has filing deadline of 180 days, but extends the deadline to file a complaint to 300 days in the areas where a state or local agency also enforces the same type of discrimination protection. In the particular case of age discrimination, the filing deadline is only extended to 300 days if there also is a state law prohibiting age discrimination, which Missouri does have.
Protection Against Harassment and Retaliation
The anti-discrimination laws also protect you from harassment that is based on any of the protected categories. Harassment is unwelcome conduct that becomes unlawful when either 1) you must endure the harassment as a condition of employment, or 2) the harassing conduct is severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would believe that it created a workplace that is intimidating, hostile or abusive. The same laws prohibit harassment or retaliation against 1) any person who files a discrimination claim or who participates in any way in an investigation or other proceeding to resolve a claim, or 2) any person who opposes an employment practice that the person reasonably believes discriminates against individuals who are protected by the anti-discrimination laws. You can find more information, including how to file a complaint, online.