- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Democratic senator has set aside a bill guaranteeing time off work for domestic violence victims after Republicans removed a section they said could have led to lawsuits against businesses.

Sen. Gina Walsh, of St. Louis, said the amendment approved Tuesday night had gutted her bill, so she voluntarily shelved it.

Her bill would have granted unpaid leave to workers when they or their relatives are domestic violence victims so that the employees can participate in court proceedings.

Republican Sen. Gary Romine, of Farmington, led an effort to successfully delete a provision that would have made it illegal for businesses to fire, harass, discriminate or retaliate against employees who take time off because of domestic violence.

Romine said it could have led to frivolous lawsuits against businesses.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide