Ending Secrecy About Workplace Sexual Harassment
What is H.R. 1828, the Ending Secrecy About Workplace Sexual Harassment Act?
Introduced by Representative Maloney in March of 2019, H.R. 1828 will require annual reporting by employers of the number of settlements with employees regarding claims of discrimination on the basis of sex, including verbal and physical sexual harassment, and for other purposes. For many years, there has been systemic secrecy around workplace sexual assault and harassment, which creates uncomfortable or even dangerous environments for many victims in their workplaces. We need to pass policy to combat this.
Why do we need the Ending Secrecy About Workplace Sexual Harassment Act
According to a study conducted by Edison Research, 21% of Americans report having experienced sexual harassment in their workplaces.
50% of women and 64% of men who reported having experienced workplace sexual harassment agreed that that it hurt their career.
Only 25% of women who experienced workplace sexual harassment strongly agreed that they felt comfortable reporting any incidents to their employers with no fear.
Additionally only 30% of women and 53% of men strongly agree that their employer properly handled the incident.
Businesses would have to report cases of settlements to congress through submitting to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This would create records of settlements within every company about employee-employer disputes about discrimination on the basis of sex. All cases of verbal or physical sexual harassment would be recorded and reported. Confidentiality agreements can not be used as an excuse for not reporting to the EEOC, allowing for accountability of employers to uphold a zero-tolerance for sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Employees are given more rights and protections in the case that they do choose to speak up about workplace sexual harassment, people are offered a safer space to come forward which is crucial to stop people from abusing their power.
They can not be terminated for reporting or asking about reporting.
They can not have their wages cut or be discriminated against in the workplace, including being passed over for promotions.
If maintaining damages, an employee has a right to take action to recover those damages (i.e. suing in court).
In a court case where the defendant wins, the judge should also allow for the settlement to cover reasonable legal fees.
What can I do to take action to get this passed?
Call Your Senators and Urge Them to support H.R. 1828. We need to garner more support in the House so that we can pass this. Use your power as a constituent to sway their support! Find your House Representative and their numbers here!
Here is a sample script to use when calling your Representative: I am a constituent as well as a member of Generation Ratify, the youth-led movement to support Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and advance gender equality. I am calling you about H.R. 1828, the Ending Secrecy About Workplace Sexual Harassment Act.
Introduced by Representative Maloney in March of 2019, H.R. 1821 will require annual reporting by employers of the number of settlements with employees regarding claims of discrimination on the basis of sex, including verbal and physical sexual harassment, and for other purposes.
For many years, there has been systemic secrecy around workplace sexual assault and harassment, which creates uncomfortable or even dangerous environments for many victims in their workplaces. We need to pass this legislation to address this barrier to opportunity.
This will further social and economic equality. I urge the Representative to support H.R. 1828, the Ending Secrecy About Workplace Sexual Harassment Act.
Email Your Representative and Urge Them to support it! As mentioned above, we need to put the pressure on the House to pass this. Use this form to send an email straight to your Representative!
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