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Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

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Cassano Joins Call for Passage of ‘Time’s Up’ Package of Sexual Harassment Laws

State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) and other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus today declared that “time’s up” on the problem of sexual harassment and sexual assault, as caucus members announced a legislative package that includes the largest overhaul in modern history of Connecticut’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws.

“Sexual harassment has become a national issue when it goes from the White House all the way down to the smallest family business. It’s an issue that has been swept under the rug for decades—all three of my daughters have come to me in the past with stories of sexual harassment of varying degrees,” Sen. Cassano said. “My hope is this bill will help create a work environment and a civic environment free of sexual harassment.”

The legislation, known as the “Time’s Up Act,” reforms Connecticut’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws and processes to create stronger protections for victims and to increase penalties for offenders by:

  • reforming the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) complaint process
  • strengthening and expands Connecticut’s mandated reporter laws
  • eliminating statutes of limitation for all felony sexual assault crimes
  • increasing financial penalties for offenders
  • providing for injunctive relief and punitive damages
  • eliminating secret settlements
  • strengthening CHRO
  • setting a universal process for investigations of harassment complaints against school administrators, and
  • requiring increased training and education in Connecticut workplaces.

A proposed bill on the above matters is expected to be raised for consideration this week in the Judiciary Committee.






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