SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In the wake of countless sexual harassment reports coming to national attention, state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, is leading the effort to change cultural attitudes for legislators, lobbyists and their staffs in the workplace and in government.
“It is tragic that instances of sexual harassment continue to occur in our Capitol and workplaces with no repercussions,” Chapa LaVia said. “No one should feel scared of reporting sexual advances due to the fear they may be retaliated against. We have to act now to prevent future harassment from occurring.”
Chapa LaVia is highlighting House Joint Resolution 83, which urges elected officials in Illinois’ state government to work together to combat the culture that breeds sexual harassment. People in government, both elected officials and lobbyists, use their clout to try to persuade coworkers with inappropriate requests in order to move up in their career.
Chapa LaVia is also sponsoring Senate Bill 402, which will require all legislators, staff and lobbyists to complete annual sexual harassment training to ensure sexual harassment is unacceptable. Additionally, lobbyists will be required to submit and enforce their own sexual harassment policies, just like all legislators do currently.
For more information, please contact Chapa LaVia’s constituent service office at 630-270-1848, or at email@example.com.