Comprehensive Legislation Protects those who face Harassment in the Workplace
Washington, D.C. – Today, in support of the re-introduction of the Empower Act, Kristen Clarke President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law made the following statement:
“Everyone deserves to work in an environment free of harassment. Yet, women continue to face harassment by coworkers and supervisors. Women of color who experience harassment on the basis of race and gender face even greater barriers, higher rates of retaliation and fewer alternative economic opportunities. We commend Representative Frankel for introducing this comprehensive bill to protect victims of harassment who are too often silenced as a result of unfair non-disparagement and nondisclosure clauses. If passed, this bill would encourage victims of harassment to speak out against workplace abuses and incentivize employers to undertake proactive measures to root out harassment. We urge Congress to pass this important bill.”
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Now in its 56th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights.
Derrick Robinson, Lawyers’ Committee, [email protected], 202-662-8317
Reynolds Graves, Lawyers’ Committee, [email protected], 202-662-8375