House passes effort to reform Missouri discrimination laws

Missouri Chamber

An effort to bring Missouri in line with federal discrimination standards has passed the Missouri House.

House Bill 1019 would require fired employees to prove their termination was motivated by discrimination. The new standard would replace Missouri’s existing standard, which only requires employees to show discrimination contributed to their dismissal.

The House passed the bill 98-61.

“For far too long, Missouri businesses have faced an uphill battle in discrimination lawsuits. This bill would provide a fair playing field for both employers and workers and help bring Missouri in line with federal law,” said Jay Atkins, a registered lobbyist representing the Missouri Chamber. “We would like to thank the leadership of the Missouri House for moving this important bill forward. Now, we turn our attention to the Senate where similar language is waiting for a vote in committee.”

House Bill 1019 is sponsored by Rep. Kevin Austin, a Republican from Springfield…

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