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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 11, 2019 02:44 PM
From: Representative Margo L. Davidson
To: All House members
Subject: Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace
The majority of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace goes unreported. Potential whistleblowers may fear the threat of retaliation or be uncertain whether the incident qualifies as harassment or discrimination. However, allowing these behaviors to go unaddressed creates a toxic work environment.

My bill addresses this issue by extending the amount of time a person has to file discrimination complaints with the PA Human Relations Commission. In addition, complainants would have the right to a trial by jury and the ability to collect punitive damages and attorney’s fees from the defendant. These reforms will make it easier and less costly for targets of discrimination and harassment to get the justice they deserve.

Often, it takes time for whistleblowers to build up the courage to come forward, but it is vitally important to the safety and productivity of our workplaces that they do so. Everyone deserves to feel safe and valued in the workplace. Let’s take one more step toward making that a reality for everyone.

Introduced as HB1620