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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 9, 2019 12:03 PM
From: Representative Michael H. Schlossberg
To: All House members
Subject: Sexual Harassment Policies for State Contractors
Sexual harassment is a real problem, especially when organizations and businesses have no policy in place to protect employees. As a result, serial harassers are able to continue their bad behavior unchecked. I believe we should hold those who would harass others to account for their actions. I was surprised to recently learn that Pennsylvania is one of several states that does not require entities who work with the Commonwealth to have a sexual harassment policy. To ensure a safe working environment for all, I believe that we should require all state-contracted entities to have a sexual harassment policy before they do work with the Commonwealth.

Such legislation is based off of very similar, successful efforts in other states.

It is my sincere hope that this effort will further encourage the private sector to take sexual harassment more seriously. Policies and practices are important, but this should be part of an overall effort by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to change the culture and ensure all workplaces are free from sexual harassment. We’ve come a long way in the past couple of years, but there is still much work we need to do.

I hope you will join with me to help make working environments safer for Pennsylvanians by co-sponsoring this important legislation.