Schlossberg wants anti-sexual harassment policy for state contractors

HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 –  To ensure a safe working environment for everyone, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg believes the state should require all state-contracted entities to have a sexual harassment policy before they do work with the commonwealth.

“Sexual harassment is a real problem, especially when organizations and businesses have no policy in place to protect employees. As a result, serial harassers are able to continue their bad behavior unchecked,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. “I believe we should hold those who would harass others to account for their actions. I was surprised to recently learn that Pennsylvania is one of several states that does not require entities who work with the commonwealth to have a sexual harassment policy.”

To that end, Schlossberg plans to introduce legislation that would require such a policy to be in place before a contractor could do business with the state.

Schlossberg said his legislation is based on similar, successful efforts in other states.

“It is my sincere hope that this effort will further encourage the private sector to take sexual harassment more seriously. Policies and practices are important, but this should be part of an overall effort by the commonwealth to change the culture and ensure all workplaces are free from sexual harassment. We’ve come a long way in the past couple of years, but there is still much work we need to do,” Schlossberg said.