On June 30, Governor Eric Greitens signed into law a new bill making notable changes to rights and remedies for claims under Missouri’s discrimination law (“MHRA”) and claims for whistleblower retaliation. The changes more closely align Missouri with federal employment discrimination law standards. Going into effect on August 28, 2017, the major changes include:
The law will only affect claims filed after August 28, 2017. Until then, employers doing business in Missouri may experience an increase in the filing of MHRA claims by plaintiffs who wish to take advantage of the current and more plaintiff-friendly environment.
For more information on how the new law will affect your company specifically, please reach out to a representative of Thompson Coburn's Labor & Employment practice group.
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