State of Washington Passes New Laws on Sexual Harassment

Monday, April 30, 2018

The State of Washington has passed laws further protecting persons from sexual harassment in the workplace. These new laws include:

  • S.B. 5996 takes effect on June 7, 2018, and it will prohibit employers from requiring employees to sign a nondisclosure agreement, waiver, or other document that prevents the employee from disclosing sexual harassment or sexual assault occurring in the workplace.
  • S.B. 6313 also takes effect on June 7, 2018, and it preserves an employee's right to file claims under state or federal laws, and that agreements to the contrary are void.
  • S.B. 6471 was also passed and effective June 7, 2018. It provides for model policies to be developed for the workplace.
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