The Missouri Supreme Court Expands LGBTQ Protections under the Missouri Human Rights Act

Last month, in two separate opinions, the Missouri Supreme Court took another step towards expanding the protections of the Missouri Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) to LGBTQ individuals. First, in Lampley v. Missouri Commission on Human...

What Does The Uber Independent Contractor Settlement Mean For Businesses Operating In The Gig Economy?

On March 12, 2019, Uber settled a class-action lawsuit filed by a group of ride-service drivers for $20 million.  The lawsuit, filed in 2013, alleged Uber misclassified its drivers as independent contractors to avoid paying...

Missouri Court of Appeals Finds Accommodation Requests to be Protected Activity

Retaliation claims can prove troublesome for employers and have resulted in significant liability under both federal and state law. Evidence of such difficulty can be seen in a Missouri Court of Appeals case regarding reasonable...

EIGHTH CIRCUIT REQUIRES EMPLOYEES TO REASONABLY BELIEVE UNDERLYING CONDUCT IS ILLEGAL TO MAKE A CASE FOR RETALIATION

Colleen Auer’s tenure as city attorney for Minot, North Dakota, may have lasted only about a month, but it spurred not one, but three lawsuits and will definitely leave its mark on the Eighth Circuit. ...