Mo. senator delays workplace discrimination vote

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.

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Workplace Discrimination bill is SB592.

Online:

Missouri Senate: http://senate.mo.gov

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