OLYMPIA, Wash. - Melissa Taylor described to lawmakers two weeks ago the harassment she suffered in her first job out of college.
“We get invited to go to a strip club and then offered money when we don't want to go,” she said.
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Today the state Senate unanimously passed sexual harassment measures.
“I think both the #MeToo movement and the TimesUp program has really changed our culture. But you can't just talk about things; you have to do things too,” said lead sponsor Sen. Karen Kaiser.
Senators voted to make it more difficult to force victims into silence with non-disclosure agreements or to use non-disclosure agreements to hide a history of sexual harassment.
“Legal limits on non-disclosure agreements... have become a real device that has shut down discussion or even examination of sexual harassment in the workplace,” Kaiser said.
Gov. Jay Inslee sees this as a beginning, but says more must be done.
“There is not enough being done because we are going through a transition of peeling back 200 years of unacceptable behavior and a lot of work will remain to be done,” Inslee said.
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