Missouri House approves workplace discrimination bill

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 2:03 p.m. CST; updated 9:20 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 28, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has approved legislation that would make it more difficult for workers who sue for discrimination to prove their cases.

House members voted 94-55 to pass the measure Thursday. It now goes to the Senate. Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed similar measures in each of the past two years.

Currently, employees must show that discrimination contributed to bad actions in the workplace. The proposed legislation would require people to prove that discrimination was a "motivating factor" in an employer's actions.

Supporters say the change would limit frivolous lawsuits and help businesses. Opponents say it would weaken protections against discrimination in the workplace.

Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the measure in the House.


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