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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 5, 2018 11:00 AM
From: Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
To: All House members
Subject: Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Task Force
In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, courageous women and men across the country continue to step forward and share their stories to shine a spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace. As elected officials, it is our duty to put their words into action by implementing commonsense reforms to protect Pennsylvania’s hardworking women and men and their families, and to ensure that all workplace environments are safe and employees are free from harassment and fear of retaliation for speaking out.

My legislation would create a task force consisting of legislative appointees, individuals representing victims’ rights organizations, and other knowledgeable persons to make recommendations to improve the reporting of and responses to sexual harassment and discrimination in public and private workplaces.

This legislative measure is necessary as evidenced by mounting stories of threatening and abusive behavior which indicate that workplace harassment remains a persistent problem and often goes unreported across the Commonwealth. Additionally, too many victims who report such harassment experience retaliation.

As public servants, we have a duty to improve current policies and procedures to ensure that employees are safe from this abuse. In addition, it is imperative that we signal to predators that their time is up in Pennsylvania’s workplace. Therefore, I hope you will join me in this effort to end workplace sexual harassment.

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