Discrimination by Race and Color

The Missouri Human Rights Act (the Act) protects individuals against discrimination on the bases of race and color. The Act applies to employers with six or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies, “temp services,” labor organizations, landlords, housing providers, property managers, those selling houses, realtors and those providing loans for dwellings. The Act also covers all businesses that offer their goods and services to the general public, including state and local governments and therefore, those entities cannot refuse, withhold, or deny accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges to any person based on their race or color.

Equal employment opportunity, fair housing opportunity, and public accommodations cannot be denied to any person because of his/her racial group or perceived racial group, his/her race-linked characteristics (e.g., hair texture, color, facial features), or because of his/her marriage to or association with someone of a particular race or color.

Employers, housing providers, and places of public accommodations should adopt "best practices" to reduce the likelihood of discrimination and to address impediments to equal employment opportunity, fair housing, and public accommodations. Job requirements must be uniformly and consistently applied to persons of all races and colors. Similarly, rental and tenancy requirements must be uniformly and consistently applied to persons of all races and colors. Businesses should offer their goods and services without regard to the race or color of their customers.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you can file a complaint of discrimination.