[Nfbmo] FW: Requesting VETO SB 188

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 19 21:08:28 UTC 2011



From: Amy Coopman [mailto:acoopman at fwpclaw.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:05 PM
To: Shelia Wright (E-mail); 'Gary Wunder' (E-mail)
Subject: Requesting VETO SB 188

I am very troubled to report that the Missouri House and Senate have passed
SB 188, a bill that seriously hurts Missouri employees.  The bill was sent
to the Governor on April 18, 2011.  It is critical that Governor Nixon VETO
this bill so that it does not become the law of Missouri.

My colleagues and I in the Kansas City and St. Louis chapters of the
National Employment Lawyers Association, along with other coalition
partners, are reaching out to organizations throughout Missouri to enlist
their assistance in opposing this bill's attempt to strip Missouri workers
of their hard-fought and longstanding employment rights.  

I am hoping that you will contact your organization members, supporters and
colleagues to urge them to contact Governor Nixon to ask him to VETO SB 188.

Why is SB 188 bad for Missouri? 

*	It severely limit the rights of employees mistreated in the
workplace because of their disability, race, sex, religion, etc. 

*	It undermine the "whistleblower" protections for employees who
report suspected criminal or fraudulent conduct by their employer; 

*	It would make it much easier for non-Missouri corporations to force
Missouri employees to pursue their claims in federal courts (sometimes far
from their homes or workplaces) before Washington-appointed federal judges
who are not accountable to Missouri citizens like state court judges are; 

*	The bill eliminates personal responsibility and accountability for
the individuals who engage in employment discrimination or harassment, or
who retaliate against those who oppose or resist such unlawful conduct. 

This bill has strong support from businesses in Missouri.  Contrary to the
bill sponsor's claim, these bills do not simply "conform" Missouri law to
federal law, nor "mirror" the protections of the federal Civil Rights Act.
In many instances, SB 188 treats offending corporations much more favorably
- especially out of state corporations, and they treat affected employees
much more harshly, than the federal law does.  Moreover, these measures
actually roll back protections that exist under the current Missouri Human
Rights Act and decisions of the Missouri Supreme Court.     

SB 188 is on the Governor's desk and time is running short.  We therefore
ask you to alert your membership to this issue and urge them to write,
e-mail or telephone Governor Nixon immediately and insist that he veto this

Please contact Governor Nixon and tell him why SB 188 is bad for Missouri.  

Governor Jay Nixon 
P.O. Box 720 
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222 
Fax:  (573)751-1495 
Email:  <http://governor.mo.gov/contact/> 

Please feel free to contact me with questions about the bill.  I sincerely
appreciate your help. 

Amy Coopman 
Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, 
  Roper & Hofer, P.C. 
911 Main Street Suite 3000 
Kansas City, MO  64105 
(816)460-2887 Direct Dial 
(816) 472-6262 Facsimile 
acoopman at fwpclaw.com 


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