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Thu January 26, 2012
Democrats block weak workplace discrimination bill in the State Senate
A group of Democratic State Senators is blocking a bill that would redefine Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards. They believe the bill will undo nearly a half-century of civil rights progress.
Among those blocking the bill are Robin Wright-Jones and Maria Chappelle-Nadal from the St. Louis area. As part of the filibuster, they talked about several other topics besides the discrimination bill, including America’s immigration policies:
“Well you know what I think about immigration, what we’re doing with immigration? I think it’s Jim Crow with a sombrero!” said Jones, "I think it’s Jim Crow with a sombrero, that’s what I think.”
The bill would require that discrimination be a motivating factor, not a contributing factor, in any action taken against an employee. Supporters say it would curb the number of frivolous lawsuits in Missouri.