NY AFL-CIO President Applauds Cuomo’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Proposal

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Michel Friang

Reprinted from The New York Amsterdam News by Stephon Johnson on January 4, 2017.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo started off the new year with a proposal to crack down on sexual harassment.

The bills sponsored by New York State senators Brad Hoylman, Tim Kennedy, Roxanne Persaud and Liz Krueger and Senate Democratic Conference leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, if passed, would halt the use of taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment cases involving state officials, ban confidentiality agreements to settle harassment cases (unless the victim wants it), adopt a uniform sex code of conduct to be followed by both state and local governments and prevent retaliation against state employees who blow the whistle on sexual harassment in the workplace.

In a statement, Cuomo referenced last year’s controversies involving public figures that shined a light on how widespread and consistent sexual harassment is in the American workplace. …

New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento praised Cuomo for getting behind the legislation and hoped that workers feel more powerful than ever to air grievances without any repercussions. …

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