Mo. senator delays workplace discrimination vote
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator is again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state’s workplace discrimination laws.
The measure would require workers who fight firings or other adverse decisions to prove in court that discrimination was a “motivating factor” — not simply a contributing factor — in the employer’s action. It would also tie the maximum amount of punitive damages in such cases to the size of an employer.
Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal, a St. Louis Democrat, said Wednesday that she intends to speak on the Senate floor for hours to block a vote on the bill. She said the proposal would roll back decades of progress for women and minorities.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed similar legislation last year.
Workplace Discrimination bill is SB592.
Missouri Senate: http://senate.mo.gov