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Missouri Supreme Court Finds Sex Stereotyping Illegal

In a ruling with broad implications, the Missouri Supreme Court has found it illegal for employers to discriminate based on sexual stereotyping in Lampley v. Missouri Commission on Human Rights. The case involved a gay man's claims that his employer discriminated against him because he did not conform to sex-based stereotypes of how a man should behave or appear. A female coworker claimed she faced discrimination as well because of her friendship with the man.

Missouri Supreme Court Takes Two Major Steps to Protect LGBTQ Individuals under the Missouri Human Rights Act

While not recognizing discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity as being protected under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA), the Missouri Supreme Court has issued two separate opinions that expand protection of LGBTQ individuals under the MHRA.

Missouri Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Student

On February 26, 2019, the Supreme Court of Missouri overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against a school district by a transgender student who alleged the school district violated the Missouri Human Rights Act by unlawfully discriminating against him in the use of a public accommodation on the basis of his sex.

Missouri Supreme Court Expands Definition of Sex Discrimination to Include Sex Stereotyping

Executive Summary: On February 26, 2019, the Missouri Supreme Court extended legal protections against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in two separate cases—one dealing with employment rights and the other dealing with accessibility rights to public facilities by transgender students.

Missouri Supreme Court Gives Early Holiday Present to Easter Seals

It’s time for our annual holiday season blog on the status of arbitration agreement enforceability in Missouri. Last year we brought you “Missouri Supreme Court Punts Two Lawsuits in a Row, on Direct Flights to Arbitration,” which discussed two recent Supreme Court of Missouri decisions. One of those cases was State ex rel. Pinkerton v. Fahnestock, holding the incorporation of the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) arbitration rules—and the delegation clause in those rules—would delegate threshold questions about contract enforceability to the arbitrator.

The New Missouri Minimum Wage: What Employers Need to Know by January 1

Missouri voters have been heard: the state’s minimum wage is on the rise. On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters approved Proposition B, a measure that proposed an increase to the current state minimum wage of $7.85 per hour. The minimum wage will now rise each year until it reaches $12.00 per hour.

Missouri Goes Green: What Employers Need to Know About the State’s New Medical Marijuana Law

Missouri residents recently voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. Amendment 2, the Medical Marijuana and Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative, overwhelmingly passed on November 6, 2018, amending the Missouri Constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana for any medical condition approved by a physician. Notably, voters approved Amendment 2 over two other medical marijuana measures on the ballot: Amendment 3, which would have permitted marijuana use for only specified medical conditions, and Proposition C, which was similar to Amendment 2 but would have been subject to revision or repeal by the Missouri legislature. While all three sought to legalize possessing, using, buying, and selling marijuana for medicinal reasons, Amendment 2 was the only measure that allowed for cultivating marijuana plants at home.

Medical Marijuana In Missouri: New Law Brings New Questions For Employers

Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 on Election Day 2018, one of the three medical marijuana measures appearing on the state’s ballot. Amendment 2 adds an article to the Missouri Constitution legalizing medical use of marijuana for qualifying patients and allowing people who qualify to grow their own plants. With a new law comes new questions about how this development will affect workplaces across the state. Here are a series of the most common questions Missouri employers may have while adjusting to this new reality.

Missouri Voters Pass Minimum Wage Increase

As predicted, Missouri voters turned out in record numbers for the 2018 general election yesterday and overwhelmingly voted to pass Proposition B: The $12 Minimum Wage Initiative. As a result, beginning January 1, 2019, the hourly minimum wage in Missouri will increase from $7.85 to $8.60, and will gradually increase by 85 cents per year until it reaches $12.00 per hour in 2023:

Missouri State Representative Robert Cornejo Will Replace John Larsen as Chairman of the Labor and Industrial Relations Board

On Tuesday, Governor Mike Parson appointed State Representative Robert Cornejo to be chairman of the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Board. Cornejo, an attorney and Republican state representative from St. Peters, Missouri, will replace outgoing chairman John Larsen.