Lawmakers unveil bill to hold employers responsible for supervisors’ sexual harassment

“A coalition of congressional Democrats, backed by much of organized labor, introduced legislation on Mar. 14 to hold employers responsible for their lower-level supervisors’ sexual harassment of workers on the job.

“The Fair Employment Protection Act would overturn a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limits employer responsibility for sexual harassment. The court said that if supervisors who direct employees’ daily work, but do not have the power to hire, fire or discipline workers, harass the workers, then the employer is not legally responsible for the supervisors’ actions.

“The new measure would make the employer responsible for those low-level supervisors’ harassment, in suits under civil rights laws. It would not change who is a “supervisor” under federal labor law.”

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