Discrimination and Your Rights

Explanation of Discrimination and your protection under the law.

 Discrimination is when

  • You are treated differently from others in a similar situation due to being the member of a protected class (see list below),
  • Your request for a reasonable accommodation due to a disability is refused without a valid reason 
  • You are retaliated against for standing up for your rights 
  • Retaliated against for filing a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or opposing an unlawful practice prohibited by a federal, state, or local law. 

Federal and State of Missouri laws outlaw discrimination based on one or more of the following protected classes:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Familial Status (children under 18)
  • Age (on in Employment)

Discrimination related ordinances

St. Louis City Ordinance No. 67119 outlaws discrimination in:

  1. Provision of Housing or Realty 
  2. Employment 
  3. Public Accommodations 

St. Louis City Ordinance 68715 outlaws discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression 

St. Louis City Ordinance 69953 outlaws discrimination against anyone based on their legal source of income, which includes Section 8

St. Louis City Ordinance 70390 outlaws discrimination based on their nuisance calls for service, if such calls are the result of alleged domestice violence or stalking 

St. Louis City Ordinance 71074 prohibits employers in the City from basing job hiring and promotion decisions on an applicant’s criminal history. Learn more about the "Ban the Box" ordinance.

Next Step

If you feel you have been discriminated against begin by:

Reporting Discrimination in employment, housing or public accomodation

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