Mo. House votes to change workplace discrimination laws

Feb 24, 2011

The Missouri House has voted to change the state's laws about workplace discrimination.

In a 95-59 vote Thursday, the House passed legislation that would change the legal standard people must meet when alleging in a lawsuit that they were fired for discriminatory reasons. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Plaintiffs would have to prove the discrimination was the "motivating factor" when they were fired, rather than a "contributing factor." The law would also limit which employers can be sued and the amount of damages that people can recover.

Supporters say the legislation would make the state more appealing to employers.

But Democratic Rep. Sylvester Taylor, of St. Louis County, says the change could make employers less likely to prevent discrimination.