JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has approved a measure that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws.
The bill would require workers who fight firings or other adverse decisions to prove in court that discrimination was a "motivating factor" — and not just a contributing factor. It passed on a party line 25-8 vote Wednesday.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis County, spoke against the measure for 10 hours when the Senate debated last week. She said the legislation would hinder a discrimination victim's ability to get justice in court.
Republicans, including sponsoring Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, said the legislation would merely bring the state in line with federal laws.
The Senate bill now goes to the House, which endorsed similar legislation in a close vote earlier this week.