Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S6577) sponsored by State Senator Alessandra Biaggi to expand protections against sexual harassment and discrimination and hold New York employers, agencies, and organizations liable for all forms of workplace sexual harassment and discrimination.
State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx/Westchester. i) issued the following statement:
“In 2018 a group of former legislative staffers came forward to demand justice for the years of sexual harassment they endured at the hands of powerful lawmakers and state agencies – today we are taking that power and putting it in the hands of survivors and working people of New York. With the signing of this legislation, employers across all sectors will be held accountable for addressing all forms of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and survivors will be given the necessary time to report complaints and seek the justice they deserve. It has been such an honor to carry this bill and I am incredibly appreciative of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for their commitment to addressing this issue with open hearts and minds. Today New York stands as a beacon of hope for survivors across the country as we usher a movement into law, and take one step forward towards building a harassment-free New York for all.”
“After decades without so much as a public hearing on sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, the Sexual Harassment Working Group is buoyed that, in 2019, we are reversing the tide for workers."