Bill

SB 45

87(R) - 2021
Senate State Affairs
Senate State Affairs

Companion Bill

HB 48

Contact the Author

Judith Zaffirini

Phone:

512-463-0121

Capitol Office:

1E.14

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to the prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

SB 45 would establish that an employer, defined as a person who employs one or more employees or acts directly in the interests of an employer in relation to an employee, commits an unlawful employment practice if sexual harassment of an employee occurs and the employer, employer's agents, or supervisors know or should have known that the conduct constituting sexual harassment was occurring and fail to take immediate and appropriate corrective action.

Vote Recommendation Notes

While we are skeptical of holding an employer liable for conduct they "should have known" was occurring rather than conduct they actually knew was occurring, we understand this bill would bring employer liability for small businesses into alignment with that of larger businesses which would provide a more even application of the law across all sizes of businesses. For these reasons we remain neutral on SB 45. 

Contact the Author

Judith Zaffirini

Phone:

512-463-0121

Capitol Office:

1E.14

Email: