Klunk, Cephas advance bipartisan sexual harassment bill through Labor and Industry Committee

HARRISBURG, June 4 – Today, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that her amended version of H.B. 849 was approved by the House Labor and Industry Committee.

The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Klunk, R-York, would ban the requirement of nondisclosure agreements related to sexual harassment as a condition of getting a job.

“I believe that Pennsylvanians deserve protection from workplace sexual harassment, and I hope this bill will give employers the tools needed to protect their employees,” Cephas said. “I am thankful for the help of the Women’s Law Project, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and The Business Community in guiding us to really tackle the root of this issue.”

The bill would not prohibit nondisclosure agreements in which both parties voluntarily agree to participate. Cephas' amendment clarifies that nondisclosure agreements formed during the hiring process are to be considered involuntary, while those created during the settlement of a harassment case may be considered voluntary. 

The bill was reported out as amended by a unanimous vote.