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Disability Discrimination

Disability Discrimination

Disability Discrimination In Missouri

The Missouri Human Rights Acts prohibits employment discrimination based on disability, filing a complaint of disability discrimination, testifying or assisting in an investigation, or otherwise engaging in a protected activity under the Act. The Act applies to employers with six or more employees, including private and public employers, 'temp agencies', and labor organizations.

What Qualifies As A 'Disability'?

A 'disability' is defined as a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities, being regarded as having such an impairment, or a record of having such an impairment, which with or without reasonable accommodation does not interfere with performing the job. RSMo § 213.010(4)

Employers Must Make Reasonable Accommodations

Employees with qualified disabilities are entitled to certain reasonable accommodations to be provided by the employer. Such accommodations must be provided so long as they would not impose an "undue hardship" on the employer's business operations. Oftentimes, the employer will attempt to argue that it would be forced to incur an excessive expense or significant difficulty when considering the employer's size, financial resources, and the nature of its operation.

However, the courts have found that reasonable accommodations generally include:

  • Restructuring job duties
  • Modifying work schedules
  • Job reassignment
  • Making alterations to the facilities
  • Adding or removing equipment
  • Creating paths and methods of convenient movement around a workspace
  • Modifying employment examinations, policies, training materials, and even providing interpreters

How Do We Prove Disability Discrimination?

In order to establish the basic case for a claim of disability discrimination the employee must show:

  1. He or she is a member of a protected class because he or she has a disability protected by the statute;
  2. The employer took an adverse action against the disabled employee; and
  3. There is evidence from which one could infer that the employee's disability or protected status was a contributing factor in the employer's adverse action.

Have You Have Been Discriminated Against At Your Job?

If you have a physical or mental impairment for which you believe your employer discriminated against you, we can advocate directly with the offending employer to end the abuse and represent your interests in litigation or administrative proceedings. Contact our Attorney Jason Finkes at our St. Louis office for a consultation by calling (314) 645-4100, by filling out our standard contact form, or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it