Friday, March 11, 2011

Mo. Senate limits discrimination protection

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (MISSOURI DIGITAL NEWS) - Opposition by Senate Democrats and one Republican is not enough to stop the plan to limit discrimination protection for government employees.

The Senate passed a bill that calls for the state's employee discrimination laws to mirror the federal government's.

It would stop former employees from suing for discrimination after the state fired them.

Republican Brad Lager says taxpayers are paying for lawsuits against the state. He says those in opposition need to realize the basis of federal law is the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"They are essentially saying that that has not done it's job and clearly it has," Lager said.

Clay County Republican Senator Luann Ridgeway and Senate Democrats voted against the bill.

St. Louis County Democratic Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal opposes the plan, saying it weakens discrimination protections when they should be strengthened.

"I can tell you right now if people are being discriminated now obviously the Civil Rights Law of 1964 is not enough," Chappelle-Nadal said.

The measure now moves on to the House.

Anderw Weil, Missouri Digital News


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