Definition of an Employer

An employer means a person who employs one or more persons, exclusive of parents, spouses, or children of such person, and who has a place of business in the city. The word "employer" shall include, and the word "person" shall include when used for the word "employer," the City of Springfield, Missouri, and the board and agencies of said city.

Employment Agency
Employment agency includes any person undertaking for compensation to procure opportunities to work or to procure, recruit, or place employees.

Labor Organization
Labor organization includes any organization which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of collective bargaining or of dealing with employers concerning grievances, terms or conditions of employment, or for other mutual aid or protection of employees in relation to employment.

Missouri Commission on Human Rights
Missouri's Fair Employment Practices Act applies to:
  1. Private employers with 6 or more employees
  2. All apprenticeship or training programs
  3. All labor organizations
  4. All employment agencies, public, or private
  5. All state and local government agencies
(Religious organizations are exempt from state discrimination law)

Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC)
  1. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) cover private employers with 15 or more employees.
  2. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) covers private employers with 20 or more employees.