BE HEARD in the Workplace Act Would Help Create Fairer, Safer Workplaces for All

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families

“Everyone has the right to feel safe and respected at work, yet millions of people are affected by workplace harassment and discrimination. Now, thanks in large part to the bravery of survivors who shared their stories, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) have introduced the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (BE HEARD) in the Workplace Act — a comprehensive legislative approach to protecting workers from discrimination and harassment.

By expanding protections to workers who have been historically excluded from civil rights legislation, including domestic workers, agricultural workers and LGBTQ workers, BE HEARD is a step toward greater equality in America’s workplaces. The bill’s other key workplace provisions — eliminating the sub-minimum wage for workers who rely on tips, prohibiting pre-dispute nondisclosure agreements and mandatory arbitration agreements, and clarifying standards that must be met to prove harassment and discrimination — will help to correct power imbalances that lead to workplace harassment and discrimination.

We call on members of Congress who believe in fairness and dignity for all people to support and pass the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act.”

About the National Partnership

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.

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