BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – As more stories emerge about the culture of sexual harassment in the workplace, specifically in Illinois politics, state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Buffalo Grove, is fighting for tougher measures to stop workplace harassment.
“We need to create a culture where those who have suffered at the hand of sexual harassment do not fear retribution,” said Carroll. “We need to hold people accountable for such actions to help put an end to harassment.”
The Carroll- backed House Bill 402 would create a new reporting pathway allowing those who have been sexually harassed to report inappropriate actions without fearing the consequences of retribution while also creating harsher disciplinary actions for predators. In addition, state employees, staffers and lobbyists would be required to complete a more robust, in-person sexual harassment training program. The names of those who fail to complete the training would be made public.
“This legislation creates stronger workplace protections than we have ever seen before,” Carroll continued. “But it is just one of many steps required to end workplace sexual harassment.”