Employment Law for Government Employees
Political Discrimination in the Public Sector
Public employers, such as the State of Missouri, cities, municipalities, school districts and other public employers, may not discriminate against employees on the basis of political affiliation, political beliefs or union affiliation. An employee may not be terminated for speaking as a private citizen on matters of public concern. Such actions may include supporting a certain political candidate, political position or union. Lawsuits for such violations are commonly filed against public employers based upon violation of an employee’s Constitutional right to free speech.
Federal, state, and municipal employees cannot be discriminated against because of their age, race, sex, gender, national origin, disability, religion or retaliation for asserting a legal right. Employees of government agencies also cannot be harassed based upon a protected classification and are entitled to a workplace free of harassment and threatening language and behavior.
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