April 17, 2014
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that plaintiffs claiming workers' compensation retaliation need only prove that their workers' compensation claims were a "contributing factor" to any adverse employment action. The April 15, 2014 decision upsets thirty years of precedent, with significant implications for Missouri employers. Previously, plaintiffs were required to establish an "exclusive causal connection" between exercising their rights under Missouri's workers' compensation statute and any subsequent adverse actions by their employers. The Court has now made it easier for employees to establish workers' compensation retaliation cases against employers. The case is Templemire v. W&M Welding, Inc., No. SC 93132, 2014 WL 1464574, --- S.W.3d --- (Apr. 15, 2014).

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