Suing for discrimination at work gets harder under measure OK’d by Missouri Senate

After more than 12 hours of debate and filibuster that stretched into the early morning Wednesday, Missouri senators reached a compromise on a proposal that would make it harder for Missourians to sue for workplace discrimination.

Under the measure given initial approval, people would have to prove their race, sex or other protected status actually motivated their boss or colleague to mistreat them to win cases like wrongful termination suits.

Currently, they need only prove their status was a “contributing factor” to prevail in court.

If the new measure is approved and signed into law, such employees will need to meet a higher standard — they would have to show that race was a “motivating” factor, rather than just a contributing factor.

Farmington Republican Sen. Gary Romine’s original offer would have required plaintiffs to prove their protected status was the sole reason causing their mistreatment firing suits, something Democrats simply couldn’t abide.

The measure, Senate Bill 43, requires House approval and the governor’s signature before becoming law.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star

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