The bill gives more protection to the corporations then it does the employees. Therefore, I feel this legislation would hurt those who are in fact discriminated and don’t have the hard facts to prove that this way their employer’s “motivation.” This would place too much power in the hands of the employer. The protection of workers who report wrongdoing on the job should not be harmed by this legislation.

CBS St. Louis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Republicans are hoping the third time is a charm for a measure a Missouri House committee considered Monday that would make it harder for employees to win lawsuits alleging workplace discrimination.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed similar legislation each of the last two years. But with a veto-proof Republican majority in both legislative chambers, the bill could have a different fate this year.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Kevin Elmer would require workers who file suit over an employer’s action to prove that discrimination was a “motivating factor.” The change would mirror the standard currently used in federal courts, as Missouri law allows employees to win workplace lawsuits if discrimination is a “contributing factor.”

Elmer, R-Nixa, said the bill would cut down on expensive and lengthy trials by allowing judges to dismiss lawsuits early if they do not meet the higher standard. The bill would…

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