Sexual harassment silencing banned in workplace

The Senate has unanimously passed a bill (H.707) to outlaw workplace policies that tend to silence those who try to come forward with sexual harassment claims.

The measure, already approved by the House and supported by Gov. Phil Scott, also provides educational resources to help reduce harassment in the workplace.

The legislation bans two common practices that many say have the effect of silencing those who have faced harassment. It outlaws any requirement that employees or prospective employees waive their rights to disclose incidents of sexual harassment, and bans employers from dismissing employees once a settlement is reached on a complaint.

The legislation provides $125,000 for the Vermont Commission on Women to develop public service announcements, training materials, educational programs and in-person seminars and workshops.

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