MO Discrimination Law Not In Compliance With Federal Standards

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The U.S. government says a new controversial discrimination law in Missouri fails to meet federal standards. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, known as HUD, says protections under the Missouri Human Rights Act are not in compliance with federal standards in the Fair Housing Act. In a letter to the state Human Rights Commission, the agency cites Senate Bill 43, which Governor Eric Greitens signed into law in late June, as the problem. The measure stiffened the threshold for proving discrimination in lawsuits. Under the new law, you would need to prove that race, color, religion, sex or national origin is “the motivating factor” in the discrimination complaint. Previously, the protected classification only needed only to be “a contributing factor”. HUD says the state Human Rights Act needs to be in compliance with the Fair Housing Act standards by March 1, 2018 or Missouri will be suspended from the Fair Housing Assistance Program. They’re also requiring the state to inform people who’re claiming discrimination about the change in Missouri law, and to advise them to file their discrimination complaints with the federal government instead.