An employee may (and sometimes must) report discrimination to the (1) state government or (2) federal government.
To the State or Federal Government:
Kansas City and other Missouri employees have several options. The most common discrimination report is made to either (1) the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (State of Missouri) or (2) the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Federal Government).
An employee should strongly consider meeting with a licensed attorney who practices in discrimination law before filing a formal discrimination report with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
How soon do I have to make the report?:
Reports to the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are usually called “charges”.
In most cases, charges under Missouri law must be filed within 180 days of the unlawful conduct, actions or comments. In most cases, charges under federal law (in Missouri) must be filed within 300 days of the unlawful conduct, actions or comments.
Employers may have policies which set deadlines to make an internal report. The Employers deadlines to make an internal report do not change the 180 and 300 day reporting requirements under Missouri and federal law.
Each case is different. In some cases it is advisable to make a report right away, in other cases it is advisable to wait.
To the Employer:
Some employment policies require that the employee make an internal report to the employer. This may not be a requirement to file charges with the state or federal government, but it may, as a practical matter, be strongly recommended depending on the circumstances. Therefore, consulting with a qualified attorney is usually very important regarding whether or not to make an internal report.