Most times on this blog, we report on developments in courts or in the legislature.
But today’s post focuses on something that didn’t happen — namely a bill that didn’t pass — even though it looked almost certain earlier this week.
In this political and legal environment where there is enhanced focus on preventing sexual harassment and where this bill was titled by it’s sponsors as “Time’s Up Act,” the bill would have increased training requirements for Connecticut employers and changed the way discrimination cases would be handled in the state.
For example, it would have required employers of all sizes to train all supervisors on sexual harassment prevention; any employer with 20 or more employees would have had to provide training to all of its employees.
While the bill passed the State Senate a few days ago with an overwhelming majority, some of the bill’s more controversial provisions (particularly on the criminal side) proved too much of a hurdle to pass the House in the closing days.
Thus, with the legislative session coming to an end last night, the prospects for changes to the sexual harassment and discrimination laws in Connecticut ended — at least for this year.
Employers, obviously, are not off the hook when it comes to sexual harassment laws. Indeed, they still face substantial liability for failing to investigate and correct complaints of harassment, and there are still training requirements for employers of 50 or more employees.
But the prospects for wholesale changes to the law appear done for the year; whether the next legislative season brings a renewed emphasis on these laws remains to be seen.