Madden testifies at House Labor and Industry Committee hearing on work place discrimination (WITH VIDEO)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today testified before members of the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee on her legislation that would strengthen protections against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.


Madden’s legislation would ensure that all workers across the state are safeguarded. Currently, coverage under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act only applies to employees with four or more employees.


“My legislation would protect everyone -- 314,000 more workers, including full-time nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers, independent contractors and interns -- from workplace harassment and abuse,” Madden said. "For far too long we have left these hardworking employees vulnerable and I plan to defend them.”


Madden said small companies and the employees that are instrumental in making those companies successful, are at the heart of Pennsylvania’s economy. She said thousands of employees are without legal protections against sexual harassment and discrimination.


“Victims of workplace sexual harassment and discrimination are traumatized, and in many cases scarred for life. My legislation intends to change that scenario,” Madden said.


According to the 2015 census, there are approximately 153,000 companies with four or fewer employees.