Senate Bill 5258 would protect vulnerable employees from sexual harassment


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    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Employees who are isolated at work will have better sexual harassment protection as a result of an unanimous legislation that passed.

    The bill, SB 5258 which passed on the Senate floor today, was inspired by the personal stories of hotel housekeepers, office janitors and security guards who often work alone.

    "Protecting low-wage, isolated workers is the next step in ensuring harassment-free workplace for us all," said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), sponsor of Senate Bill 5258.

    SB 5258 would require certain employers that employ isolated workers to adopt a sexual harassment policy, provide mandatory sexual harassment training, provide a list of resources to employees, and provide an electronic panic button to each isolated worker.

    “Housekeepers, janitors, security guards, and other individuals working alone or at night are extremely vulnerable to sexual harassment and exploitation,” Keiser said. “This unanimous bipartisan vote helps put us on our way to becoming one of the first states in the nation with expanded protections for vulnerable employees.”

    SB 5258 would require certain employers that employ isolated workers to adopt a sexual harassment policy, provide mandatory sexual harassment training, provide a list of resources to employees, and provide an electronic panic button to each isolated worker.

    Since SB 5258 passed off the Senate floor the bill will now head to the House for further consideration.



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