Missouri Democrats end delay to vote on workplace discrimination legislation

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 9:48 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Democrats in the Missouri Senate have allowed debate to end on legislation changing the state's rules for lawsuits over workplace discrimination.

The bill would require someone suing for wrongful termination or a similar workplace issue to prove discrimination was the "motivating" factor, not just a "contributing" factor. Democrats spoke against the bill for five hours Wednesday before giving up the floor.

Senators did not vote on whether to pass the bill. A Senate committee still must review the legislation because a fiscal estimate included with the bill says its changes could cost the state about $1.2 million per year in federal funding.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Thursday. If it passes, it goes to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.


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