National Origin Discrimination Attorney in Kansas City MO
Both Federal and Missouri law prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees and prospective employees based upon their national origin.
National origin includes the country or part of the world that someone has descended from, accents, and appearances.
Under the Missouri Human Rights Act, it is an unlawful practice to refuse to hire or to discharge employees because they either emigrated from a particular country or are a descendant of someone from a particular country. Further, employers may not limit, segregate or classify an employee on the basis of national origin. Employers may not compensate employees differently, apply different terms or conditions of employment, or grant preferential treatment on the basis of national origin unless there is either a bonafide seniority or merit system in place.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bans the same type of conduct, provided the employer has fifteen employees or more.
Many decisions that an employer makes may seem to be neutral on their face but have a discriminatory effect on those with different national origins. Likewise, some decisions that limit opportunities for those who, for example, cannot speak English fluently may be legitimate business decisions that are not illegal.