Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens recently signed a new bill that will protect employers from being unfairly ruled against in discrimination cases.
As it stands, American courts almost always favor the accuser, leading to injustice.
“Tort reform is important. We need to prevent trial lawyers from killing good jobs,” he said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the new rule means that plaintiffs in discrimination cases must prove that their race, sex, or other status was the actual reason for mistreatment at work.
In other words, a person who is a minority must show that there was actual bias against that identity, rather than some other explanation for the employer’s behavior, such as poor work performance.
That might seem like common sense to most Americans, so it’s had to believe it actually came to this. But until the law goes into effect in August, that’s not how things work in Missouri.
“Missouri workers currently need only prove their protected status was a ‘contributing factor’ to prevail in court,” explained the Post-Dispatch.
“For example, if a Hispanic plaintiff is fired for being late for work while white workers show up late and aren’t fired, the Hispanic employee could ask a jury to compare the treatment and contend that race ‘contributed’ to the boss’s decision,” the newspaper continued.
The new law would force employees to prove that race was the specific reason for any alleged mistreatment. Plaintiffs would be forced to show a past history of racist comments from an employer in order to establish a precedent.
Greitens has defended the law, calling it a step in the right direction for Missouri.
“I’ve met with passionate advocates on both sides of [new law] SB 43. I respect all of them. I’ve listened to every side. I believe we need to bring Missouri’s standards in line with 38 other states and the federal government,” said Greitens.
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