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Sexual harassment legislation gaining momentum at state level

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 1, 2018

Numerous states over the past few months have passed laws, or have legislation in the works, that seek to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, and that means stringent new compliance obligations for companies.

Among the many mandates states are starting to impose include the specific requirement that companies have in place a sexual harassment prevention policy and training program. Some states are now also prohibiting companies from requiring nondisclosure agreements concerning sexual harassment as a condition for employment; requiring new disclosure requirements for sexual-harassment related settlements; and expanding the scope of protected employees to include non-employees, such as independent contractors and interns.

Among the states that have enacted, or are currently working to pass, some form of sexual harassment legislation are New York, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington.

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