NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A2035B
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a toll
free confidential hotline for complainants of workplace sexual harass-
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To establish a legal hotline for complainants of workplace sexual
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends section 295 of the Executive Law by adding a new
subdivision 18 which establishes a confidential legal hotline for work-
place sexual harassment complaints which shall be accessible by a toll-
free phone number. Experienced attorneys acting in a pro-bono capacity
will provide counsel and assistance.
Section 2: Sets forth the effective date
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION:
Technical amendments were required to change the subdivision number.
Nearly 75% of all sexual harassment goes unreported and those who do
report often face retaliation and inadequate redress. As a result, many
victims of workplace sexual harassment are unable to exercise their
legal rights because they are not aware of what those rights are and/or
are afraid to exercise their rights. This bill will require the Division
of Human Rights to establish a toll-free, confidential, and safe legal
hotline for reporting workplace sexual harassment. This hotline will be
accessible, at minimum, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The func-
tion of the hotline will be to connect complainants with experienced
pro-bono attorneys who will help make them aware of their legal rights
and advise them on the specifics of their individualized cases. This
will help facilitate an easier, more streamlined reporting system.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2019-2020: S4313/A7374 - Died in Finance/Died in Government Operations
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
To be determined.
This act shall take effect on the 120th day after it shall become law.