Bill could make it harder to prove workplace discrimination - KMOV.com

Bill could make it harder to prove workplace discrimination

(KMOV) -- A bill, which is expected to pass the House and Senate, could soon make it tougher to prove workplace discrimination in Missouri.

If passed, the bill will also cap the damages a plaintiff could receive in discrimination cases.

The bill also changed the notification requirements for potential whistleblowers which could result in it making it easier to fire them.  Supporters of the bill, including the United States Chamber of Commerce,say the changes are necessary to attract new businesses to Missouri.

The Missouri Black Caucus has protested the bill and plans to filibuster it in the Senate.

"Our business community is saying they need this to create jobs.  We don't condone discrimination to create jobs, and if it does, then we don't want those kinds of jobs for Missouri," Representative Tishaura Jones said.

The same bill passed last year but was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon.  A vote on the bill could come by the end of the week.

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