Successful September 1, 2021, Texas has joined a expanding checklist of states that have handed enhanced legal protections for victims of office sexual harassment. S.B. 45 amends current legislation relating to the prohibition towards sexual harassment in the office. The new legislation is expansive in that it now affords protection to any worker performing for an employer that employs even a single personnel previously, only businesses of 15 or a lot more personnel ended up lined by the Texas anti-discrimination regulation.
The regulation uses a definition of sexual harassment that is similar to the long-current definition of sexual harassment in the rules issued yrs in the past by the federal Equivalent Work Prospect Commission: S.B. 45 states that it is a prohibited employment follow if an employee activities sexual harassment, and the employer, its brokers, or supervisors either know or should really have known and failed to just take immediate corrective motion.
Texas additionally has passed a associated invoice, HB 21, which is also efficient on September 1. This regulation lengthens the time in which a sufferer of sexual intercourse harassment can file a assert with the Texas Workforce Fee, from 180 to 300 times. Curiously, HB 21 does not prolong the filing period of time for statements of harassment or discrimination primarily based on other current guarded types these types of as race, shade, faith, and disability.
With these two new guidelines on the books Texas businesses have even a lot more rationale to review their office insurance policies and interior complaint techniques. In addition, supervisors need to have to be trained on what to do so an employer can instantly find out and solution any unlawful harassment happening in its office.