Sen. Cano’s bill that requires employee sexual harassment training and makes workplace retaliation unlawful passes the Senate
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Sandra Cano’s (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket) legislation (2019-S 0330) that requires employers of four or more employees to conduct sexual harassment training and includes retaliation as an unlawful employment practice was passed by the Rhode Island Senate tonight.
“Everyone deserves a workplace that is free from harassment and retaliation, regardless of the job that they possess. The momentum to speak against and denounce harassment, especially sexual harassment in the workplace, will continue with the passage of this bill because we still have a long way to go in educating people on what is and what isn’t appropriate behavior in the workplace,” said Senator Cano.
The legislation would require employers of four or more employees to comply with sexual harassment education and workplace training requirements. Current law encourages employers of 50 or more to do so. The employers would also be responsible to conduct the training for new employees within one month of the employee’s hire date.
The bill would also extend workplace protections to domestic service employees and include retaliation as an unlawful employment practice. The Commission for Human Rights and the Department of Labor and Training would be responsible for enforcement of the act.
The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903