Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Missouri Human Rights Act

Governer Nixon states that proposed changes to the Missouri Human Rights Act is "unacceptable". Senante Bill 188 would strike case law and changes state statutes that currently offer Missouri workers more protections than federal law if they are discriminated against or wrongfully discharged. The proposed law caps recoveries for wrong doing and makes it more difficult for employees to win lawsuits agaisnt violating employers. Governer Nixon said the bill would undermine current law under the Missouri Human Rights Act. "This bill would make it harder to prove discrimination in the workplace, and would throw new hurdles in the path of those whose rights have been violated," Nixon said. "that is unacceptable." This author agrees with Governer Nixon's assessment and hopes his veto will prevent Missouri from taking a step backwards in the struggle for Civil Rights. I can only assume that Sen. Brad Lager (R-Savannah), the bills sponsor, was pandering to big business when he proposed this new bill.