Missouri Democrats vow to oppose bill limiting workplace discrimination suits

Monday, January 30, 2012 | 2:25 p.m. CST; updated 3:48 p.m. CST, Monday, January 30, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Black lawmakers in Missouri say they'll try to prevent a vote in either the House or Senate on a measure that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws.

A measure pending in the Senate would change the legal standard employees must meet when they sue their employer for discrimination. It would also limit the damages victims can recover.

House Democrat Steve Webb, head of the state's Legislative Black Caucus, said at a news conference Monday the measure would roll back decades of civil rights progress. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a similar bill last year.

Republicans say the Senate bill would merely bring Missouri in line with federal job discrimination standards and could make the state more appealing to businesses.

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