discrimination http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Discrimination Complaint Filed By Former Mo. Labor Dept. Official http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discrimination-complaint-filed-former-mo-labor-dept-official <p>The former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency is alleging discrimination in her firing by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gracia Backer was replaced in March as director of the Division of Employment Security in Missouri's labor department. Her ouster came at the same time that Nixon appointed Labor&nbsp;Department&nbsp;Director Larry </span>Rebman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to a different job.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:19:19 +0000 The Associated Press 30999 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Discrimination Complaint Filed By Former Mo. Labor Dept. Official Mo. House Votes To Redefine Workplace Discrimination http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-votes-redefine-workplace-discrimination <p>Legislation that would redefine workplace discrimination in Missouri has been passed by the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/">State House</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB320&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">House Bill 320</a>&nbsp;would require that discrimination be a motivating factor in any wrongful action taken against an employee, instead of a contributing factor as it is now.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=022">State Representative&nbsp;Brandon Ellington</a> (D, Kansas City) says Missouri’s standard for discrimination should not be lowered.</p><p>“We know the potential for discrimination, and to be able to prove that it was a motivational factor is almost impossible," Ellington said.&nbsp; "Discrimination can happen to anybody in this body – it may not be racial, but it definitely could be age discrimination; it may not be age, but it could definitely be sexual discrimination.” Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:59:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9755 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Votes To Redefine Workplace Discrimination Workplace Discrimination Bill Heard By Mo. House Committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/workplace-discrimination-bill-heard-mo-house-committee <p>Testimony was heard today on <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB320">legislation</a> that would redefine what constitutes workplace discrimination in Missouri.</p><p>If passed, workplace discrimination would have to be a motivating factor, not just a contributing one, in any wrongful action taken against a worker by an employer, which is the current federal standard.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.polsinelli.com/raubuchon/?ajax=no">Attorney Rich AuBuchon</a> spoke in favor of the bill on behalf of his former employer,&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.mochamber.com/mx/hm.asp?id=home">Missouri Chamber of Commerce</a>.&nbsp; He&nbsp;told the House Committee on Workforce Development and&nbsp;Workplace Safety that the state’s current definition of discrimination is hurting Missouri’s economy. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:54:16 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9203 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Workplace Discrimination Bill Heard By Mo. House Committee Inequality Persists In African American Community, Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/inequality-persists-african-american-community-honoring-dr-martin-luther-king-jr <p>A leading advocate for equal rights argues infant mortality, access to education, and unemployment remain major issues of inequality in the African American community.</p><p>Julianne Malveaux is a labor economist, author and political commentator.&nbsp; She is also the former President of Bennett College, a historically black college for women in Greensboro, North Carolina.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talked with Malveaux in advance of her speech at the University of Missouri – St. Louis to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:40:24 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 8198 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Inequality Persists In African American Community, Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unique Exhibit Honoring The Holocaust Opens In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/unique-exhibit-honoring-holocaust-opens-st-louis <p>The <a href="http://www.hmlc.org/">St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center</a> debuts a new interactive exhibit called “Change Begins With Me: Confronting Hate, Discrimination and Ethnic Conflict” this week on the premise that “the lessons of the Holocaust are not yet learned.”</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:47:07 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 7084 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Unique Exhibit Honoring The Holocaust Opens In St. Louis Supporters want more local laws to protect LGBT http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/supporters-want-more-local-laws-protect-lgbt <p>Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community Friday called on St. Louis County and individual municipalities to enact anti-discrimination laws.</p><p>Five area cities, including the city of St. Louis, have updated their discrimination ordinances to include protections for the LGBT community. Andrew Shaughnessy, with the LGBT advocacy group PROMO, says there are several others considering doing the same thing.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 18:38:50 +0000 Bill Raack 3634 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Supporters want more local laws to protect LGBT Nixon, House GOP negotiate on work-related bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-house-gop-negotiate-work-related-bills <p>Republican leaders in the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> say they&rsquo;ve been negotiating with <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;over the two bills he vetoed last month.</p><p>The governor vetoed bills that would <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1219&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">redefine workplace discrimination</a> and that <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9244">would place occupational disease claims solely within the workers&rsquo; compensation system</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=106&amp;year=2012"> House Speaker Steven Tilley </a>(R, Perryville)&nbsp;says discussions have been productive, but that there&rsquo;s been no compromise reached yet. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 23:25:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3500 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon, House GOP negotiate on work-related bills Stripped-down workplace discrimination before Mo. House committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stripped-down-workplace-discrimination-mo-house-committee <p>A State House committee began a hearing Tuesday into a stripped-down version of the workplace discrimination bill.</p><p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a>&nbsp;(D)&nbsp;vetoed the House version last month, so backers are now pushing a revised bill that will primarily focus on protecting whistleblowers.&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=141">&nbsp;State Rep.&nbsp;Kevin Elmer&nbsp;</a>(R,&nbsp;Nixa)&nbsp;says language that would redefine workplace discrimination as a motivating factor instead of a contributing one has been removed. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:07:17 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3463 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stripped-down workplace discrimination before Mo. House committee Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-april-10-2012 <p><strong>Cochran VA Medical Center continues to have problems according to federal report</strong></p><p>A new federal report says the Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis continues to have problems with sterilization in its dental clinic. The report comes two years after the hospital notified more than 1,800 veterans that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis or other viruses because of unclean conditions in the dental clinic.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:19:15 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 3457 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Nixon vetoes workplace discrimination and workers' comp bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-vetoes-workplace-discrimination-and-workers-comp-bills <p>Governor Jay Nixon&nbsp;(D)&nbsp;has vetoed two workplace-related bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this year.&nbsp; They are the first&nbsp;vetoes issued this year.</p><p>First, he vetoed <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1219&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">the House version of the workplace discrimination bill</a>, which would have redefined discrimination as a &ldquo;motivating factor&rdquo; instead of a &ldquo;contributing factor&rdquo; in any action taken by an employer against a worker.&nbsp; The<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9271"> Senate version of the bill </a>is still alive, however.&nbsp; It was sponsored by <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem12.htm">State&nbsp;Senator Brad Lager</a> (R, Savannah). Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:45:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3282 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon vetoes workplace discrimination and workers' comp bills