A labor-management battle is beginning in the state senate where a proposal to roll back several decades of labor law rulings is underway. Senator Brad Lager of Savannah wants to increase the burden former employees have to carry to show they have been unlawfully fired. He also wants to limit damages the ex-worker can get in a wrongful-firing suit. He says court rulings have made it easier for employees to sue and get damages….and its’ time to go back to the way things used to be.
But Senator Victor Callahan, a strong labor supporter, says some of Lager’s proposal to roll back labor law to what it was forty years ago worry him.
Present law says an employee can win damages by showing company discrimination was a contributing factor to the dismissal. Lager and business interests want the standard restored to being a “motivating” factor.
Several more hours of debate are expected