Governor Wolf Announces Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Protections For Workers

Suzanne Monaghan
April 05, 2018 - 3:48 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Fighting workplace sexual harassment and discrimination. That was the topic today Thursday at Temple University as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a series of bills to protect against it. 

Among the protections are new legal options for victims.

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"We will extend the statute of limitations first, from 180 days, where it is currently, to a full two years to encourage reporting of harassment and discrimination," Wolf said.

The measure would also establish the right to a jury trial in state court and allow victims to seek punitive damages.

Governor Wolf thanked those who have come forward to tell their stories.

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"Their bravery has shined a light on a reprehensible practice that has been allowed for too long to go on, often behind closed doors and away from public view," the governor said.

Wolf says he will also push to enact the PA Fairness Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.