Wolf backs bills to fight workplace sexual harassment


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Gov. Tom Wolf's administration says the Democrat is backing a package of forthcoming legislation that's designed to improve protections in Pennsylvania against workplace sexual harassment and discrimination.

Wolf's announcement on April 5 with Democratic lawmakers comes amid revelations of misconduct allegations against several lawmakers and state agreements to pay more than $3 million to settle sexual misconduct claims over the past decade.

The proposals include extending from 180 days to two years the period in which victims and whistleblowers can file a court complaint and allowing them to seek punitive damages in workplace discrimination cases.

It also would extend state anti-discrimination laws to all workplaces, from workplaces with at least four employees. Wolf also supports mandatory trainings for employees and supervisors to prevent discrimination and harassment.



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