Murkowski introduces #MeToo-inspired measure
Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Alaska's senior senator, Lisa Murkowski, is advocating for stricter laws on workplace harassment.
Murkwoski introduced a bill last week called the Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace harassment through Education and Reporting Act, also known as the EMPOWER Act, along with California Sen. Kamala Harris.
According to Murkowski, the bipartisan legislation aims to increase transparency and accountability for harassment in workplaces across the country by, among other things:
- Establishing a confidential tip-line for the Equal Employment Opportunity Comission to receive reports about harassment
- Requiring public companies to disclose information about settlements and judgements connected to workplace harassment
- Prohibiting companies from receiving tax deductions for expenses related to workplace harassment litigation
With the measure, Murkowski says she hopes to send a message to employers that harassment is not acceptable.
"We have a choice to make; either sit on the sidelines and hope for change, or roll up our sleeves to make the change. We must work to identify where harassment is its most pervasive; where it has been allowed to foster in a culture of silence, disrespect, intimidation, and abuse. And we must empower victims to speak out about the harassment they face," Murkowski said in a statement on the measure introduced Tuesday.
The EMPOWER Act has been referred to the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committees.
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