As more high-profile sexual harassment cases continue to arise across the country, senators in Pennsylvania are pushing for changes in legislature that will help put a stop to the silent crime by offering victims a chance to speak out. Victims of sexual harassment in the workplace are often forced to remain silent due to laws and non-disclosure agreements that prohibit communication about sexual harassment. Victims of sexual assault and abuse are often subject to silence out of fear of retaliation, which may result in termination of employment.
Encouraging Victims to Speak Out
New legislation will make it impossible for non-disclosure agreements to be used against victims of sexual discrimination and assault, as it calls for opening past non-disclosure agreements of victims who were forced to sign under duress or as a minor. Furthermore, the new law will ban agreements that prohibit public disclosure of names of the accused harassers. The new bill will also give victims a voice, and prohibit the suppression of relevant information. Victims will be encouraged and legally able to provide relevant information in sexual harassment cases without fear of legal intervention or retaliation on behalf of the accused.
While the media can be a powerful tool in addressing important issues, there are situations where victims may wish to settle matters on their own terms. Where cases of sexual harassment are concerned, both parties may wish to settle things quietly without lengthy court proceedings. Although the legislation aims to protect and provide justice to victims of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse, it does have a few drawbacks. Most importantly, the bill prohibits confidentiality for both parties involved. By placing a ban on non-disclosure agreements, the case immediately becomes public.
The new legislation may also create problems when sexual harassment cases fall into a gray area. While clear-cut cases of harassment do exist, false claims are out there as well. To make matters worse, there are many cases that are taking place years after the event occurred, making it difficult for evidence to be obtained. Non-disclosure agreements and quiet settlements are the only liable source of evidence available.
Chester County Employment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Assist Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Recent scandals involving high-profile men and women have sparked a movement in favor of voicing concerns about sexual harassment in the workplace. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, you are not alone. Our team of experienced Chester County sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. will work closely with you to help you receive the justice you deserve. With an office conveniently located in Philadelphia, do not hesitate to contact us online, or call 215-569-1999 to schedule a free consultation.