Workplace discrimination rollback heads to governor’s desk
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a strict party-line vote, the Missouri Senate has approved legislation to roll back the state’s workplace discrimination standards.
With 23 Republicans voting in favor of the bill and eight Democrats against it, the Senate approved a measure that would force employees suing for discrimination to prove that their protected status was the motivating cause in their discrimination rather than a contributing factor. This would raise the burden of proof and make discrimination more difficult to prove in the courts.
Pro-business supporters say it will add consistency to the state’s employment laws and help attract more companies. But opponents have consistently challenged the Republicans to show even one example of a business that has chosen not to locate in Missouri because of the current contributing factor law. None have been given.
The bill is similar to legislation passed by the General assembly last session that was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon. He is expected to do the same this year.