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St. Louis County police Chief John Belmar announced that the St. Louis county police department was suspending a training company they were using to train their officers.

Belmar announced this in a letter sent to officers on March 29. St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that a trainer with the company used racial and homophobic slurs while on the job. The Post Dispatch also reported that the company removed the trainer.

This is an example of inappropriate behavior in the workplace as the statements made by the trainer were discriminatory.

Under state and federal laws, employees have the right to work in a non-discriminatory place. In this case, as reported in the Post Dispatch, employers and leaders involved in the matter took steps to remedy the discriminatory behavior of the trainer. But this is not always the case.

Discrimination in the workplace is illegal. As outlined in our discrimination law practice information, employers cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender, pregnancy, or status as a veteran. Additionally, it is against the law for employers to consider any of these characteristics in their employment decisions such as those involving hiring, firing, compensation, job assignments, promotions, demotions, discipline or any other term or condition of employment.

If you or someone you know has ever experience discrimination in the workplace, we want to hear your claim. The skilled attorneys at the Kennedy Hunt, P.C. specialize in employment law. Contact us.