Controversial Workplace Discrimination Law Passes Missouri House

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workplace discrimination law Missouri House

By Wes Duplantier

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Despite several lawmakers voicing fears about reversing decades of hard-fought civil rights gains, the Missouri House approved a measure that would change the rules for workplace discrimination cases heard in state court.

The bill would require workers who bring wrongful termination lawsuits to prove discrimination was a "motivating factor" -- not simply a contributing factor -- in the employer's action. The legislation also would apply to other wrongful discrimination actions, such as denying promotions.