Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Senate sexual harassment policy fails to protect gender identity

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The Senate just completed a bipartisan process of updating its sexual harassment policy and is in the process of training staff and members on the new policy.

"We appreciate that action was taken quickly and collaboratively to update the Senate's sexual harassment policy. Throughout the process everyone's ideas and concerns were taken into consideration and we feel we have produced a policy that makes a good effort to protect members and staff," said Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs.

"However, we also feel it does not go far enough. Despite our insistence, majority leadership refused to allow the inclusion of gender identity in the list of protected classes. Many Arizonans identify as a gender different than their sex assigned at birth and they should have the same right as their peers to enjoy a work environment that is free from harassment. There should not be a reason for anyone to feel unwelcome at the Senate."

The new Senate Workplace and Sexual Harassment Policy can be downloaded here.

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