Senate moves to restore whistleblower protections for public employees

The Missouri Senate unanimously approved a bill that restores whistleblower protections for government employees. The measure has been characterized by some as a major change protections for state workers following another whistleblower bill passed last year. Others characterize this year’s bill as a minor tweak.

A law passed last year made it more difficult to prove workplace discrimination. The bill was hailed as a way to help businesses by doing away with frivolous lawsuits.

However, the measure stripped away protections for state and local government employees who report wrongdoing in the workplace.

The new bill, passed Thursday, sponsored by Sen. Jill Schupp-D, Creve Coeur, seeks to ensure that public employees can disclose workplace wrongdoing without fear of retribution.

Read more: Missourinet


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