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Representative Lauren Arthur (D) [2016 file photo].

Representative Lauren Arthur (D) [2016 file photo].

A bill introduced yesterday:

HB 559  
Modifies provisions relating to employee wages
Sponsor: Arthur, Lauren (018)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 1213H.01I
Last Action: 01/11/2017 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 559
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar
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The bill text:

FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 559 [pdf]
99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ARTHUR.

1213H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal sections 290.400, 290.410, 290.440, and 290.450, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof three new sections relating to employment practices relating to gender.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Sections 290.400, 290.410, 290.440, and 290.450, RSMo, are repealed and three new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 290.400, 290.410, and 3 290.440, to read as follows:
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290.410. 1. Notwithstanding any other provisions of the law, no employer shall pay any employee wage rates less than the wage rates paid to of the opposite gender for comparable work, the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which is performed under similar working conditions.
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3. An employer who is paying wages in violation of this section shall not, in order to comply with this section, reduce the wage of any employee.
4. No employer shall discharge, retaliate, take any adverse action, or otherwise discriminate against any individual because such individual has:
(1) Opposed any act or practice made unlawful by this section;
(2) Testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, hearing, or other proceeding to enforce this section.
5. No employer shall discharge, retaliate, take any adverse action, or otherwise discriminate against, coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any employee because such employee either inquired about, compared, or otherwise discussed the employee’s wages or the wages of another employee; or exercised, enjoyed, aided, or encouraged any other person to exercise or enjoy any right granted or protected by this section.

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[emphasis in original]

The bill also removes some barriers to employees filing claims.