Missouri Senate sends discrimination measure to House

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 | 4:14 p.m. CST

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.

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