State lawmakers pass bills addressing workplace sexual harassment

State lawmakers pass bills addressing workplace sexual harassment

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Three bills aimed to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace are one step closer to becoming law in Washington.

According to a news release from the State Senate Democratic Caucus, all three bills passed unanimously off the Senate floor, Thursday.

“Right now, we are seeing a cultural shift when it comes to what is acceptable in the workplace. The fact that these bills were passed unanimously by both Democrats and Republicans shows how seriously the Legislature is taking this issue.” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, sponsor of two of the three bills.

Senate Bill 5996 would prohibit an employer from requiring an employee to sign an agreement that prevents the employee from disclosing sexual harassment or assault.

Senate Bill 6471 would develop policies to create workplace environments safe from sexual harassment.

Senate Bill 6068 would shed light on those who repeatedly harass by removing barriers to lawsuits created by non-disclosure agreements.

The bills will now go to the House for further consideration, according to the news release.

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