Missouri Human Rights Act Lawyer

The Missouri Human Rights Act protects employees from being fired or discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, or handicap. If you believe you have been discriminated against at work, you need a skilled and knowledgeable Missouri Human Rights Act attorney to help you understand your options and bring a case against your employer.

Attorney John Christiansen represents clients who have suffered discrimination at work. He has stood up for the rights of clients in Missouri and Kansas for more than 20 years. He can help you bring a claim and hold your employer accountable for any discriminating actions.

Whether you have suffered age discrimination or race discrimination, John can help you. Contact John, an employment discrimination lawyer, at his Jackson County offices. He offers free initial consultations on these cases, if he feels it is one he is interested in taking.

Understanding the Missouri Human Rights Act

John has extensive experience handling employment discrimination cases, including those that fall under the Missouri Human Rights Act. The act protects employees from discrimination based on:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Disability

Most employment discrimination cases fall under this act. Generally, an employer may discharge an at-will employee, with or without cause, and not be subject to wrongful discharge liability. The Missouri Human Rights Act modifies the at-will employment doctrine by instructing employers that they can terminate employees, but their reason for termination cannot be improper. Missouri Human Rights Act cases turn on whether an illegal factor (as listed above) played a role (was a contributing factor) in the decision to discharge or discriminate against the employee. The law allows a civil right of action for an employee against an employer for unlawful discrimination that allows an aggrieved employee to recover actual and punitive damages, court costs, and reasonable attorney fees.

John has handled a numerous cases that fall under different areas of the act. If your discrimination falls under one of the eight categories, John can help you file a claim with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, which is a requirement of then bringing a civil lawsuit under the act. John has had success bringing these claims and he will fight to protect your civil rights.

It is important to note that Missouri is an employment-at-will state. This means your employer has the right to terminate you at any time, so long as it does fall under a protected category or situation. However, if your claim falls outside of the eight categories, you may still be able to file another type of employment discrimination claim. There are a variety of civil rights laws that protect employees from discrimination, such as gender discrimination. When you hire John, he will assess your claim and help you determine whether your rights have been violated.

Attorneys Fees Under the Missouri Human Rights Act

Under the Missouri Human Rights Act, if the plaintiff wins his or her case, the plaintiff is awarded attorneys' fees. If your case prevails, your employer will have to pay John's fees.

Contact a Kansas City Age Discrimination Attorney

Whether you have suffered gender discrimination or religious discrimination at work, contact John, a skilled Kansas City age discrimination lawyer.