Senate passes harassment bill as civil rights groups slam it

The Senate’s workplace misconduct bill “contains numerous provisions that are contrary to key principles we’ve previously articulated, falls short of an acceptable compromise, and may have unintended negative consequences,” the groups wrote to the chamber’s leaders. The letter was signed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Equal Pay Today, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Women’s Law Center and Public Citizen. “Given the scope and breadth of the bill and significant differences between this and the House-passed bill, we are deeply concerned that neither senators nor key stakeholders have been given adequate time to fully vet the bill,” the groups added, urging the Senate to fix what they view as mistakes.