JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says some parts of the state’s government are having significant problems with discrimination and retaliation resulting in costly legal expenses.
Hawley released Missouri’s first-ever Legal Expense Fund Annual Report today.
The LEF covers many of the lawsuits filed against the state.
Today’s report reveals the state’s LEF spent more than $30.6 million in 2017.
Hawley says all but $150,000 of that total involved cases before he took office.
In an effort to minimize taxpayer liability the attorney general says his office is taking a new approach in litigating cases against the state.
Among the changes, Hawley is proposing an independent and anonymous channel for state employees to report discrimination and harassment.
He’s also proposing that his office conduct a comprehensive review of existing discrimination and harassment policies across state government, in comparison to other states and the federal government.
Lastly, Hawley says it is essential those repsonsible for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation be held accountable and face concrete and swift employment consequences for doing so.