SB 0533 Modifies procedures for initiating a civil action on certain discriminatory practices
LR Number:2321S.01I Fiscal Note:2321-01
Last Action:01/19/00 - Hearing Conducted S Judiciary Committee Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2000
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Current Bill Summary

SB 533 - This act applies to cases of employment discrimination, discrimination in public accommodations and discrimination of any type by the state or its political subdivisions. Under current law, the Human Rights Commission must issue a letter notifying a claimant that he or she has 90 days to file a civil action if, after 180 days, the Commission has not completed its investigation. This act requires the Commission to issue a similar letter when it terminates processing of a complaint. In cases involving housing discrimination, the aggrieved person must submit a request in writing before being entitled to "right to sue" letter.

The act provides the right to a jury trial, and applies the "savings" provisions of Section 516.230, RSMo, are applied to civil actions initiated under the act, allowing a plaintiff one year to commence a new action if a judgement in the initial action has been arrested or reversed.

This bill is similar to SB 203 from 1999.