The #metoo movement has inspired the EMPOWER Act EMPOWER Act—workplace harassment legislation which was introduced on June 5 by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Let’s read Senator Harris’ and Murkowski’s powerful words:
“Sexual harassment and misconduct must not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. The culture of fear and silence created by perpetrators of sexual harassment in the workplace has existed for far too long and must come to an end. It’s time to address the gaps in our laws that allow this misconduct to go unpunished and keep it in the shadows.” - Senator Kamala Harris
“We have a choice to make; either sit on the sidelines and hope for change, or roll up our sleeves to make the change. We must work to identify where harassment is its most pervasive; where it has been allowed to foster in a culture of silence, disrespect, intimidation, and abuse. And we must empower victims to speak out about the harassment they face.” - Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Here are the deets on how the EMPOWER Act will increase transparency and accountability for workplace harassment:
- Establish a confidential tip-line for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to receive reports about harassment
- Require public companies to disclose information about settlements and judgements connected to workplace harassment
- Prohibit companies from receiving tax deductions for expenses related to workplace harassment litigation
All-of-us must roll up our sleeves and end systemic harassment in the workplace.
1 Read The EMPOWER Act (extra credit)
2 Call your Senator and ask him/her to support the EMPOWER Act.