The New York State Senate approved anti-sexual harassment legislation that includes an end to secret settlements. It would also no longer allow state officials who admit to sexual harassment to use taxpayer funds to settle their cases.
A state assemblyman has been sanctioned by the Assembly Ethics Committee for allegedly sexually harassing a staff member. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin denies the charges and has asked for a criminal investigation of the ethics committee itself.
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says, “There’s no tolerance for harassment in the workplace.” This follows revelations that a former state official paid $50,000 to a woman who says he sexually harassed her.