Vt. bill would encourage sexual harassment victims to speak up

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Legislators have introduced a bill in the Vermont House that would offer victims of sexual harassment in the workplace assistance and protections to encourage them to speak up.

The bill introduced Thursday would prohibit employment agreements that prevent an employee from disclosing sexual harassment and that waive a worker's rights or remedies to a claim of sexual harassment.

Among other provisions, it also would ban sexual harassment claim settlements that prohibit an employee from working for the employer or an affiliate and require the parties to give notice of the settlement to the attorney general.

Democratic Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanza of Bradford says "We're here to say to every Vermonter, we've got your back."

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