Mo. senator delays workplace discrimination vote

6 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, February 01 2012 Feb 1, 2012 Wednesday, February 01, 2012 10:15:17 PM CST February 01, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Democrats in the Missouri Senate are again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state's workplace discrimination laws.

The measure would require workers who fight firings or other adverse decisions to prove in court that discrimination was a "motivating factor" -- not simply a contributing factor -- in the employer's action.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed similar legislation last year.

Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal, a St. Louis Democrat, spoke against the bill for about 10 hours Wednesday. She said the proposal would roll back decades of progress for women and minorities.

Democrats are continuing to hold the floor, but Chapelle-Nadal and others now appear to be negotiating with Republican leaders in a side room.

 

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