February 20, 2018

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

State Senator Beth Bye (D-West Hartford) 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.

“Some employees don’t even know the kinds of protections they have when reporting sexual harassment. Oftentimes, women who come forward get punished for making a complaint without knowing they are protected.” Sen. Bye said. “This bill fixes that problem by requiring additional notice and increasing penalties for employers who fail to notify employees of their rights.”

The legislative package, 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.