Missouri has paid more than $52 million over the last five years to settle lawsuits against various state agencies, according to information provided to lawmakers by the attorney general’s office.
The majority of settlements pertain to litigation involving some form of discrimination. Of the 24 settlements paid out since last July, when the current fiscal year began, 18 involved allegations of discrimination, harassment or retaliation.
The $52 million figure also doesn’t include jury awards to plaintiffs that are still on appeal and thus haven’t been paid out — such as a $3.7 million judgment against the Missouri Veterans Commission in an age and gender discrimination lawsuit or a $7 million judgment against the Department of Labor in a disability discrimination lawsuit.
The list of settlements was provided to the House budget committee as it prepares to discuss legislation that would require the attorney general to submit a monthly report to the General Assembly detailing all activity regarding the state legal expense fund, which is used to settle lawsuits against the state.
The committee will discuss the bill Tuesday morning.