Missouri House OKs change to worker discrimination standard
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Supporters said a measure raising the standard for workers to prove discrimination based on age, race, gender and other protected classes would prevent frivolous lawsuits while still compensating workers who have been harmed.
The Missouri House voted 95-60 Thursday to raise the standard for showing discrimination in employment cases from the current "contributing factor" to a "motivating factor" in decisions.
Rep. Kevin Austin, R-Springfield, said that would bring Missouri in line with the federal standard.
Opponents said the measure would make it easier for companies to get away with discriminatory practices and puts women, older workers and minorities at risk.
The measure would also limit when workers who report potential wrongdoing at their company could sue for retaliation.