Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Wednesday voiced her support for a bill that’s been pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session in Jefferson City. The legislation would roll back the part of a new discrimination law that eliminated whistleblower protections for government employees.
Galloway on Wednesday noted that legal relief and protections for whistleblowers working for government entities were recently reduced in Missouri law as part of a bill that also raised the standard of proof in workplace and housing discrimination cases.
The “Whistleblower’s Protection Act” includes protections for people who report “serious misconduct” that “violates a clear mandate of public policy” in the Missouri Constitution and state laws or regulations. The act specifically excludes government employees in its protections.
This act also limits the legal action a fired whistleblower is allowed to pursue and does not allow whistleblowers to sue for punitive damages if they face retaliation.
Lawmakers took until the last week of the 2017 session to send the bill to Gov. Eric Greitens, who signed it June 30 and announced his approval in the middle of a wide-ranging news release.