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Connor backs bill to address workplace harassment

John Connor, D-Lockport
John Connor, D-Lockport

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is supporting a bill that would address workplace harassment and ensure a safe working environment for all employees.

House Bill 905 would create model policies and best practices for employers, according to a news release from Connor’s office.

“While much progress has been made in addressing the ongoing issue of workplace harassment, there is more work to be done to make sure that all working environments are safe and constructive,” Connor said. “This legislation will help employers implement policies and guidelines for their employees to hold them accountable and keep them safe.”

The bill also would create the Private Sector Workplace Anti-Harassment Task Force to develop model policies and practices for employers to prevent and combat harassment. The task force will work to create methods for anonymous reporting, protection against retaliation, employee training and guidelines for human resources departments.

Additional policies will be developed to provide protection against harassment based on one’s sexual orientation, gender, immigration status or race.

“This legislation is a necessary measure to help end workplace harassment and ensure that everyone feels safe and secure in their place of work,” Connor said. “Ending workplace harassment is a nonpartisan issue, and I am committed to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to create safer working environments for all Illinois residents.”

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