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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

U.S. Senator Baldwin Introduces legislation to strengthen workplace protections

WASHINGTON D.C. – - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin recently introduced legislation that would strengthen workplace protections. The Fair Employment Protection Act restores workplace protections to ensure that Americans harassed on the job by their supervisors are treated fairly and receive the justice they deserve.

Senator Baldwin is joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), Al Franken (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI).

“In the 21st century, harassment and hostile work environments should never impede economic success,” said Senator Baldwin. “If you work hard and play by the rules you should have the opportunity to get ahead. Unfortunately, workplace harassment remains an unacceptable reality that threatens the economic security of far too many people, particularly women, working to build a better future for themselves and their families. I am proud to introduce the Fair Employment Protection Act that would restore important workplace protections, move this issue forward, and help provide American workers the level playing field they deserve.”

This legislative reform was created to correct the error of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball State University which significantly weakened the ability of workplace harassment victims to seek legal recourse. The Fair Employment Protection Act restores workplace protections weakened by the Vance decision to ensure that Americans harassed on the job by supervisors and those with authority to direct people’s day-to-day work are treated fairly and receive the justice they deserve.

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