(TargetLiberty.org) – Former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) resigned from his position in 2021 after a slew of sexual harassment claims came to light. On March 16, current Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) announced she signed a group of bills into law that center around sexual harassment in the workplace. She said it was one of her top priorities to make places of employment safe and respectful for all who work there. Not surprisingly, these laws solidified as rumors emerged about Cuomo considering re-entry in the political landscape.
Sexual harassment is pervasive, corrosive, and has been a silent barrier for women in the workplace for far too long.
Thank you @GovKathyHochul and to the bill sponsors for enacting new laws to combat sexual harassment in New York.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) March 16, 2022
The package is threefold. One law requires the Division of Human Rights in New York to set up a confidential hotline for sexual harassment complaints. Another part introduces previously excluded protections for elected officials’ personal staff. The group of laws also protects the victims from retaliation by classifying complaint records and giving them recourse to elevate the issue to the Attorney General and the state Supreme Court.
New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D) said the new laws are to show that her state does not tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace and that they “stand with survivors” of such abuse. She also vowed that New York would hold offenders accountable for their misdeeds to make work a more comfortable place for all workers.
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