HB 1151

84(R) - 2015
House Business & Industry
House Business & Industry
Business, Industry, & Commerce

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Senfronia Thompson


Nicole Collier
Patricia Harless

Bill Caption

Relating to sexual harassment protection for unpaid interns.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal impact to the State or local governments is expected.

Bill Analysis

This bill makes sexual harassment of an unpaid intern an unlawful employment practice if the employer or the employer's agents or supervisors know or should have known the conduct constituting sexual harassment was occurring and failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

House Bill 1151 would seek to provide unpaid interns with the same protection against sexual harassment in the workplace as employees already benefit from.

Because unpaid interns are not technically considered employees, and neither are they in practice, court rulings decided against providing the same protection for them. House Bill 1151 would extend this protection to them without changing the current status of unpaid interns. As a consequence, we support this bill.

The second chamber sponsor is Senator Sylvia Garcia.