Missouri Governor Condemns Discrimination Law Changes
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is condemning legislation that would make it harder for employees to prove they were fired because of discrimination.
The legislation has passed the House and Senate and awaits action by the governor. It would require workers who claim discrimination in wrongful firing lawsuits to prove that bias was a
"motivating" factor, not just a "contributing" factor as is now the case. The measure would also limit the damages fired workers could recover.
Nixon issued a statement Monday saying the legislation would undo decades of civil rights legislation, which he called "unacceptable."
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has backed the measure, saying it simply aligns Missouri's law with federal statutes.
Nixon says he will take official action on the bill Friday.