New York Imposes Sweeping New Requirements on Employers Regarding Sexual Harassment
The New York State Legislature and the New York City Council have adopted new legislation prompted by increasing attention to sexual harassment in the workplace. The changes in law will impact all New York employers and require new practices and policies.
Key Takeaways for New York State Employers
- Employers must provide annual sexual harassment prevention training sessions to employees.
- Employers can be held liable for sexual harassment of any person providing services to the employer.
- Employers may no longer include non-disclosure clauses in settlement agreements involving claims of sexual harassment unless it is the settling claimant’s “preference.”
- Employers may no longer require employees to submit sexual harassment claims to binding arbitration.
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