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New Sexual Harassment Law Passes State Senate

Connecticut's Senate passed legislation on Friday that toughens sex harassment training and extends the time to prosecute cases.
Connecticut's Senate passed legislation on Friday that toughens sex harassment training and extends the time to prosecute cases. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

The state Senate passed the "Time’s Up Act" on Friday, May 4, which mandates sexual harassment training for employees and extends how long sexual assault crimes can be prosecuted.

A less stringent version of the bill, passed the Senate by a 31-5 vote. It must be approved by the House to become Connecticut law.

The act reforms Connecticut’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws to create stronger protections for victims and to increase penalties for offenders by reforming complaint processes, strengthening and expanding Connecticut’s mandated reporter laws and eliminating statutes of limitation for all Class B and C felonies.

The statute of limitations for class D felonies is extended from five to 25 years and for class A misdemeanors from one to five years.

Connecticut would become the third state, in addition to California and Maine, to require workplace training. The bill mandates companies with more than 20 workers to provide sexual harassment training and companies with less than 20 employees to post or give notice of the sexual harassment policy.

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