Weinstein trial in New York renews conversation around state laws
The trial of Harvey Weinstein began in NYC last month, drawing intense media attention and renewed discussion of workplace sexual harassment and violence. Reporting in 2017 uncovered Weinstein’s alleged pattern of sexual assault, increasing the profile of the #MeToo movement.
In the wake of reporting on Weinstein and other high-profile figures, politicians and constituents called for policy changes. These included laws addressing workplace sexual harassment, as well as protections for victims reporting harassment within the workplace.
Since the initial Weinstein reports, 15 states have passed laws meant to protect employees from workplace sexual harassment, according to the National Women’s Law Center. In regard to reporting, new data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission data shows that there has, in fact, been an uptick in the reporting of sexual harassment in the U.S. since 2017.
One common provision in the new laws addresses the use of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs). Much of the Weinstein reporting highlighted his use of NDAs in conjunction with private settlements for sexual harassment and assault claims. Newly passed laws ban the use of NDAs as part of such settlements.
States continue to consider new legislation to address the NDA provisions, as well as improved measures to stop workplace sexual harassment and protect victims. Click below to contact your state representatives and make your voice heard on these policies.
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