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Targeting sexual harassment in New York City

Sexual harassment has become a hot-button topic all around the country, and New York is no exception. Numerous victims have come forward in every field from entertainment to business to politics to share their experiences of workplace harassment. To address the issue, several state and city leaders have proposed new legislation that would prevent, target and punish sexual harassment.

New laws against sexual harassment?

The legislators and leaders of New York seem to be taking initiative to target sexual harassment cases statewide. There are several pieces of legislation on the docket at the state and city level. Whether these bills will pass remain to be seen, but they have gained widespread support from New Yorkers and may well gain enough traction to become law. If they receive enough votes, they must then be approved by Mayor Bill deBlasio.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced a new plan to target harassment. His proposal would end the use of taxpayer money to pay for settlements from sexual harassment cases. The governor also proposed to create a standardized sexual harassment policy for all state and local New York governments. In addition, he would create an anonymous tip line for sexual abuse whistleblowers.
  • The New York City Council has put forward a new measure requiring all New York City companies that employ at least 15 people to require sexual harassment training. This proposal is unique in that it would make New York one of only two other states—Maine and California—to target private-sector sexual harassment through legislation.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), is reportedly drafting a bill that would mandate sexual harassment training for all U.S. Congress members. The senator has stated that she has received several inappropriate sexual comments from her male colleagues.

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