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Last Wednesday, a bipartisan group of Representatives introduced a powerful piece of federal legislation that would eliminate public companies’ ability to silence survivors of sexual harassment as well as formalize new protections for individuals who experience sexual harassment in the workplace.
The EMPOWER Act (Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace Harassment) was introduced by Reps. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Ted Poe (R-TX), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE). Its sister bill in the Senate was introduced last month by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).
If passed, the bill would…
- Bar public companies from requiring employees to sign non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements related to workplace sexual harassment.
- Create a confidential, federal tip hotline.
- Reform the tax code to protect any money that survivors receive in the form of settlements.
- Require companies to disclose the number of harassment claims they settle each year and the amount paid out.
This #TakeActionTuesday, share your opinion on the EMPOWER Act with your legislators and activate your community around the issues of workplace harassment.