Assemblymembers Join Forces to Introduce Legislation for Victims of Sexual Harassment

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    

December 6, 2017     

Contacts

Reyes: Galen Dobbins (916) 319-2047

Friedman: Allison Ruff (916) 319-2043                              

 

Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino), Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), and Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) announced that they will introduce legislation when the Legislature reconvenes in January to give victims of sexual harassment more time to file claims beyond the one year timeframe required under existing law.

“The stories of sexual harassment told by victims from all careers and walks of life have revealed that the existing systems for seeking justice are not working,” said Assemblymember Reyes.  “The evidence clearly indicates that the fear of retaliation and the psychological wounds caused by such actions can prevent victims from filing claims within the existing timelines required under current law.”

“For decades, the deck has been stacked against victims of sexual harassment,” said Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Chair of the Assembly Rules Subcommittee on Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Prevention and Response.  “With this bill, we can inject some much needed balance into the civil system while protecting due process so that every Californian has equal access to justice.”

Under existing law (Government Code § 12960) a victim of sexual harassment must file a claim with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing within one year from the date of the last incident of sexual harassment.

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Laura Friedman represents the 43rd Assembly District which encompasses the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and La Cañada Flintridge, as well as the communities of La Crescenta and Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Beachwood Canyon, Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, and Silver Lake.