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Since #MeToo went viral in October 2017, the country has witnessed an unprecedented demand for solutions to ensure accountability for workplace harassment and discrimination and prevent harassment before it happens. We have been reminded, once again, that despite longstanding federal prohibitions against harassment and other forms of discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, and disability, these reprehensible behaviors continue to infect our workplaces and deny working people, and especially working women, equality, safety, and dignity. Our laws need to be up to the task of shifting workplace culture and providing justice.

The Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (BE HEARD) in the Workplace Act offers a groundbreaking set of reforms and seeks to answer the calls for change that have reverberated across the country. The BE HEARD in the Workplace Act is the first comprehensive federal proposal to address workplace harassment in the #MeToo era. It sets a new marker in laying out a clear vision of what it will take to fully address—and prevent—all forms of unlawful workplace harassment and discrimination, including sexual assault. The BE HEARD in the Workplace Act would extend protections against harassment and other forms of discrimination to all workers; remove barriers to access to justice, such as short statutes of limitations and restrictively interpreted legal standards; promote transparency and accountability; and require and fund efforts to prevent workplace harassment and discrimination.

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