New Republican-sponsored law requires anti-harassment training, adds protection for union members and hotel & casino workers
Republican state Sen. Jill Tracy's (R-Quincy) anti-sexual harassment bill that mandates training for state officials (and other measures) was signed into law Friday, Aug. 9.
Targeting victims of sexual harassment and discrimination, SB 75 was drafted based on findings from a committee Tracy co-chaired, the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention, according to a Facebook post.
In the social media post announcing Gov. J.B. Pritzker had signed the bill, Tracy condemned sexual harassment in the workplace.
“Increasing awareness and publicity surrounding harassment and assault cases clearly demonstrated the need for preventive measures, effective regulation and possible criminal charges for offenders,” Tracy wrote on Facebook.
She said the task force reviewed “the legal consequences of harassment and discrimination in workplaces, educational institutions, and state and local governments.”
Key provisions include protection for hotel and casino employees, a rule requiring unions to assign different reps to victims and alleged harassers during disciplinary hearings, and restrictions on non-disclosure agreements that could limit victims' rights.
Further information about the new law is found on Tracy’s website.