Familial Status Discrimination

The Missouri Human Rights Act protects individuals against discrimination on the basis of their familial status, which means one or more individuals (who have not attained the age of 18 years) living with a parent or another person having legal custody of such individual or individuals; or the designee of such parent or other person having such custody, with the written permission of such parent or other person.

The protections afforded against discrimination on the basis of familial status shall apply to any person who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years.

The Act applies to landlords, housing providers, property managers, those selling houses, realtors, and those providing loans for dwellings. It is unlawful for landlords, housing providers, property managers or lenders to discriminate against any tenant, applicant for housing or applicant for a housing loan because of his/ her familial status in regard to the sale or rental of a dwelling, application for a housing loan, eviction, or any term or condition of tenancy.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you can file a complaint of discrimination.