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  • Sen. Bertino-TarrantPLAINFIELD – Women across Illinois will soon have remedies to fight sexual harassment and discrimination in work places, thanks to a measure supported by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

    Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) championed Senate Bill 75, which clarifies the ethics investigation process, including making the process more transparent and giving additional rights to victims of harassment and discrimination who file ethics complaints.

    “This monumental legislation is helping shift the culture in the work place,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Stopping sexual harassment and ending discrimination helps provide a safe work environment for everyone.”

  • crowe 060319SPRINGFIELD – Employees who experience sexual harassment or discrimination in their workplace have new rights under legislation cosponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) that passed out of the Illinois Senate.

    “Men and women have the right to speak out against inappropriate behaviors at work without fear of consequences or losing their job,” Crowe said. “These acts cannot and will not be tolerated.”

    The initiative creates the Work Place Transparency Act to protect an employee’s rights if they experience sexual harassment, discrimination, harassment or retaliation in the workplace.

    The measure also includes major reforms to the state’s ethics investigation process, including making the process more transparent and giving additional rights to victims of harassment and discrimination who file ethics complaints.

    Senate Bill 75 also:

    • Limits the use of contract provisions intended to prevent an employee from reporting sexual harassment, such as non-disclosure agreements, arbitration clauses and non-disparagement clauses for cases involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation
    • Makes harassment against contract employees illegal (currently, these employees do not have legal protection against sexual harassment)
    • Clarifies that it is illegal to discriminate against an employee if they are perceived to be part of a protected class (i.e. gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity), even if they are not
    • Allows victims of gender-related violence to take unpaid leave from work to seek medical help, legal assistance, counseling, safety planning and other assistance
    • Prevents a union representative from representing both a victim of sexual harassment and the alleged harasser in a disciplinary proceeding
    • Requires hotels and casinos to provide employees who work in isolated spaces with panic buttons for use if they are sexually harassed or assaulted

    Senate Bill 75 has passed the House and Senate and now awaits the governor’s signature.

  • castro 060219SPRINGFIELD State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) issued the following statement after voting in favor for Senate Bill 75 which is a comprehensive sexual-harassment proposal she co-sponsored.

    “This legislation moves us to the culture change we need in regards to sexual harassment,” Castro said. “With the recent sexual harassment allegations sweeping the nation, I am proud that Illinois is doing its part to combat this issue head on.”

    Senate Bill 75 is an omnibus bill, which:

    • Limits the use of contract provisions intended to prevent an employee from reporting sexual harassment, such as non-disclosure agreements, arbitration clauses and non-disparagement clauses for cases involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation
    • Makes harassment against contract employees illegal (currently, these employees do not have legal protection against sexual harassment)
    • Clarifies that it is illegal to discriminate against an employee if they are perceived to be part of a protected class (i.e. gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity), even if they are not
    • Allows victims of gender-related violence to take unpaid leave from work to seek medical help, legal assistance, counseling, safety planning and other assistance
    • Prevents a union representative from representing both a victim of sexual harassment and the alleged harasser in a disciplinary proceeding
    • Requires hotels and casinos to provide employees who work in isolated spaces with panic buttons for use if they are sexually harassed or assaulted
  • Sen. Melinda BushSPRINGFIELD – Private sector workers who experience sexual harassment and discrimination will have greater protections under the law thanks to a major piece of legislation from State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) that passed unanimously out of the Illinois Senate today.

    “This bill gives victims of workplace harassment and discrimination more protections and ensures they are able to seek justice,” Bush said. “We’re not only changing the law—we’re changing the culture. We’re standing with victims and saying enough is enough.”

    Senate Bill 75 also includes major reforms to the state’s ethics investigation process, including making the process more transparent and giving additional rights to victims of harassment and discrimination who file ethics complaints.

  • hotelworker 032019SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to improve the safety of hotel and casino employees passed the Senate Labor Committee today.

    “I’m proud that the first piece of legislation I filed in Springfield proactively ensures that workers at hotels and casinos are protected against sexual assault and sexual harassment,” Senator Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. “One of my top legislative priorities is furthering protections for working people in Illinois, and this bill protect some of the hardest working people in the hospitality industries.”