“The prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace is far too high, and it is important to create policies that empower human resources departments and provide protocols to combat harassment,” Slaughter said. “Everyone deserves a safe and productive working environment, and while there is still more work to be done, this legislation is a necessary step in the right direction.”
Slaughter’s House Bill 905 would create the Private Sector Workplace Anti-Harassment Task Force to study workplace harassment and develop policies and best practices for employers, such as methods of anonymous reporting, employee trainings and protections against retaliation. As a longtime advocate of anti-harassment policy, Slaughter previously supported a resolution calling on state government leaders to act against sexual harassment in the workplace.
“Harassment in any form is unacceptable, and this legislation will help employers keep their employees safe while holding them accountable,” Slaughter continued. “Addressing workplace harassment is a non-partisan issue, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create safe and constructive working environments for all Illinois residents.”
Incidents of sexual harassment and assault can be reported to the Illinois Department of Human Rights Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Helpline at 1-877-236-7703. Operators are available both in English and Spanish.