Legislators in the Connecticut State House and Senate have proposed legislation that would significantly impact sexual harassment cases and sexual harassment training requirements. Although the proposals differ slightly, it is clear that legislators are seeking to expand sexual harassment training, including requiring employers to train non-supervisory employees. One proposal also seeks to extend the limitation and deadline periods for accusers to bring complaints before state courts and the CHRO.
The proposal pending in the Senate is titled “The Time’s Up Act.” The proposal, which is a clear response to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, purports to be the “Largest Overhaul in Connecticut History of Sexual Harassment Laws.” The Time’s Up Act proposes the following changes:
The proposal pending in the House (HB 5043) is titled, “An Act Promoting A Fair, Civil and Harassment-Free Workplace.” Under the proposed bill:
Our firm has been proactive in crafting sexual harassment training that is responsive to the current climate and consistent with emerging views on harassment. In addition to our recent seminar, Rethinking Sexual Harassment Prevention, we regularly provide sexual harassment training to supervisors and have developed a new program directed at non-supervisory employees. In the event that either of these legislative proposals passes this term, we are prepared to provide the newly required training.
You can find HB 5043 here, and The Time’s Up Act here. In addition, please subscribe to our blog Carmody@Work. We will be featuring blog posts on sexual harassment inspired by our seminar Rethinking Sexual Harassment Prevention and other federal and local developments.