Employment Discrimination In Missouri
Employment discrimination remains a huge problem in Springfield and throughout Missouri. At the federal level, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is charged with investigating complaints of employment discrimination and violations of the Civil Rights Act. Its state sister agency, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, investigates claims of employment discrimination specific to Missouri.
If you have been discriminated against, you do not simply want the matter investigated. You want your employer to be held accountable and you want compensation for the wrong that has been done to you. At Hall Ansley, our employment discrimination lawyers have decades of experience helping people like you get results.
Types Of Job Discrimination
The Missouri Commission on Human Rights defines discrimination as treating someone worse than others are treated under similar circumstances, or denying a person the same benefits or privileges based on a specific characteristic of that person. Types of discrimination include:
- Racial discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- National origin discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Gender discrimination
Discrimination comes in many forms, from wrongful termination to sexual harassment and other types of harassment, to the creation of a hostile work environment. Even being passed up for promotions or constantly disciplined can be forms of job discrimination.
The Workplace Discrimination Claims Process
The process of filing a claim is complex, but our employment discrimination attorneys will guide you through it from start to finish.
In Missouri, before filing a lawsuit a Charge of Discrimination must be filed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act. There is a specific way of filling out the charge that can later prove beneficial if litigation is necessary. We encourage you to discuss the matter with us before filing the charge. We will take great care to set the stage for a successful workplace discrimination claim.
In these cases, you may be entitled to compensation that includes lost wages, damages for mental and emotional distress, and attorneys’ fees and costs. Our goal is to maximize your compensation and see that your employer is held accountable.