JEFFERSON CITY, MO.(AP)-A Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation changing the legal standard for proving workplace discrimination and limiting the amount of damages victims could recover in lawsuits.  The measure would require a showing that discrimination was a “motivating factor”   not simply a contributing factor   in an employer’s action against an employee. It would also tie the maximum punitive damages a victim could recover in a lawsuit to the size of the employer.

Monday’s committee vote sends the bill to the full House. Senate leaders have indicated their chamber could take up a similar measure as early this week.  Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed similar legislation last year, saying it would have rolled back decades of civil rights progress.

Copyright Associated Press


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