The Missouri Legislature is about to pass bills that will dilute protection from discrimination and retaliation for workers and whistleblowers. HB 205 and SB 188 are bills in the Missouri Senate and House which would tremendously hurt Missouri Workers. In these bills, legislators who are backed by big business, propose restricting access to Missouri courts for redress. The bills will:
1. Force most discrimination cases into federal court, instead of local Missouri courts, to be interpreted by federal judges. The federal court of appeals is composed of judges mainly from other states than Missouri. Most cases of discrimination are thrown out of court by federal judges without a jury trial.
2. Placing caps on damages for emotional distress and punitive damages as low as $50,000 for acts including the most heinous acts of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
3. Eliminate protection for whistleblowers who report illegal acts that are about to happen.
What can you do? Call or write your state senator and representative to vote NO on these bills. If you don't know who your legislator is, email us and we will let you know and give you the address. Email us at showmefairness.com.