Senate Takes Action Against Sexual Harassment

Senator Phil Boyle

March 15, 2018

Every person should be able to go to work without fearing harassment and abuse from a co-worker or superior. Whether it’s in Hollywood, a corporate suite, or a government office, there is absolutely no place in our society for sexual harassment. 

That's why I am fighting to enact a comprehensive new bi-partisan law to combat sexual harassment in both the public and private sectors all across our state. It would: 

- Establish a statutory definition of sexual harassment; 

- Prohibit the anonymity of the accused in court-approved settlements and banning mandatory sexual harassment arbitration clauses; 

- Prohibit confidentiality agreements unless the victim requests confidentiality; 

- Expand protections to independent contractors; 

- Create uniform policies for all branches of state and local government; and 

- Protect hardworking taxpayers from paying for public sector harassment settlements.
This important legislation will help to send a loud and clear message - that there is no place for sexual harassment in New York State.