House Republicans consider change to definition of employment discrimination

The Missouri House is considering a bill that would make it harder to prove discrimination when someone is fired from work.

Under the measure, an employee would have to prove his or her race or gender was the main factor for dismissal. That’s a shift from the current law, which says an employee only has to prove race or gender contributed to his or her dismissal.

Republican lawmakers sent similar bills to former Gov. Jay Nixon several years ago, but he vetoed them each time.

Joseph Sklansky, an attorney with Washington University’s office of general counsel, testified Monday in favor of the bill. He said businesses are unfairly punished under the current definition of discrimination.

Opponents argue that the bill would weaken Missouri’s discrimination definition and make it harder for the “little guy” to obtain justice.

The House Special Committee on Litigation Reform took no action on the bill Monday.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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