Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination reform bill

Feb 9, 2012

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the bill.

Maria Chappelle-Nadal and several other Senate Democrats had conducted a filibuster, but gave in after language guaranteeing jury trials in discrimination lawsuits was added to the bill.  But she still spoke out against it, in particular, the Missouri Chamber’s claim that the bill would help curb frivolous lawsuits.

“I’d like to see one of their children, for all the corporations that are part of the Chamber, I’d like to hear what they’d have to say when their 16-year-old child is dry-humped…that doesn’t sound like a frivolous lawsuit,” Chappelle-Nadal said.

The bill now goes to the Missouri House, where a similar version received first-round approval this week.