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SITE NOTE — For immediate help call (816) 454-5600. Just ask for me (Atty. Phil Willoughby). If I am unavailable, my paralegal Pauline can speak to you. You can also email me at and I will personally respond as soon as I can. Please understand that no attorney-client relationship is triggered due to an initial e-mail inquiry.

IF YOU ARE FACING AN IMMEDIATE DEADLINE – like you have to respond to a complaint about your work or some other response you have to give, let my assistant know that so we can get you a consultation right away.

Also, the 2017 Missouri Legislature made it more difficult on employees in Missouri to successfully file a complaint against their employers for discrimination or retaliation. My analysis of the legislation (Senate Bill 43) is that employees have gotten screwed by the 2017 Missouri Legislature, and that it has become easier to discriminate in Missouri.

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Employment law is full of traps.
Here are some that ruin many cases:

  • “Screw you a–holes, I’m quitting!” – You’re upset, so you resign. Now you have THREE problems: 1) You’re upset, 2) You’re unemployed, and 3) You may have greatly weakened or even destroyed your potential case. See my article on Constructive Discharge for more info. — Get legal advice before you resign, please.
  • Complaints are a Catch-22 – Both what you say and also what you don’t say will be used against you in court. When people complain to their employers, or file complaints with government agencies, they often greatly weaken their potential cases by saying too much of the wrong stuff and not enough of the right stuff. See my article on Making complaints for more info. — Get legal advice before making complaints, please, to make sure you say the right things.

Raising awareness in Missouri:

The info on this site is directed at the people of Missouri, to raise their awareness about many aspects of their Missouri Employee Rights, and about employment law in general.

Some people with Missouri-based issues, who are outside of Missouri, could possibly benefit from some of the info here, but be especially cautious, and get legal advice.

Employment law is complex and is different everywhere. This site focuses on my view of how employment law tends to work in Missouri (no promises!), and touches a bit on how the Eighth Federal Circuit might do things. is for Missouri-related problems only, please, and here’s more info about that..

So let your awareness be raised, and then go see a lawyer and get some actual legal advice about what you should do in your specific circumstances. Caution: General legal info is not a substitute for legal advice. Here’s why

Don’t jump to conclusions – Call lawyers:

Please don’t read this site and then say “I don’t have a case.” If you do that, you may be doing yourself a disservice.

Call a lawyer and let a lawyer determine whether a legal theory might be available to you. If the first lawyer can’t help you, call another lawyer. Many people talk to several lawyers before they find one who can help them.

I have a page explaining What a Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer is and how to find one. I guarantee that other lawyers will disagree with me about some of the info and opinions I present on this site. Employment Law Services: job-seekers page:

Tips and Links to great sources of information about private and public sector employment opportunities and occupational prospects for the St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri areas, and the Federal Government: Tips and Links for job seekers. Check it out. People tell me they didn’t realize so much info was available on the web.

Miscellaneous: Missouri Employment Law

Maintained by Attorney Phil Willoughby
Founded by Tim Willoughby, Esq. (1959-2013)

Phil is a Missouri employment lawyer who is licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri, and primarily takes cases in Saint Louis and Kansas City. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and Kansas Bar Association. Additionally, he has practiced in the United States Federal Courts of Missouri in St. Louis and Kansas City. He has also practiced in the Kansas Federal District Court in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Phil Willoughby, Attorney
Licensed in Missouri and Kansas

Kansas City Office:
9800 NW Polo, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64153
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