A group of Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a bill aimed at strengthening protections against harassment in the workplace, including sexual harassment.
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The legislation aims to eliminate the tipped minimum wage, which largely leaves service worker pay up to customers, as well as end mandatory arbitration and pre-employment nondisclosure agreements and give workers more time to report harassment, among other provisions.
“Millions of workers are not protected under our civil rights laws. Far too many are still silenced by mandatory disclosure agreements that prevent them from discussing sexual harassment and longstanding practices like the tipped wages that keep workers in certain industries especially vulnerable,” Murray said at a press conference.
“The Be HEARD Act will take strong new steps to address all of this and more,” she said.
The legislation draws from recommendations outlined late last year by Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Clark emphasized at the press conference Tuesday that “no matter your race, income or job, you have a right to be safe in your workplace.”
“Our bill … will put us one step closer to making toxic workplace harassment and discrimination a dark memory of the past,” Pressley added.
WATCH LIVE: Introducing the #BeHEARD Act with @RepKClark and @RepPressley and courageous leaders and advocates. Let’s put an end to harassment in the workplace and protect ALL workers in our country. https://t.co/AsZwV8687q
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) April 9, 2019
The bill follows other legislation introduced on Capitol Hill because of the “Me Too” movement that has put a focus on combatting sexual harassment.
Last month, bipartisan lawmakers introduced a bill aiming to establish a confidential tip-line for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and require public companies to disclose the number of settlements and judgments it is subject to for reasons of harassment, among other provisions.