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Senate Advances Sen. Ossoff-Backed Bill to Protect Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Harassment in the Workplace

Bipartisan legislation will remove legal barriers that prevent survivors from speaking out about workplace sexual misconduct

More than one-third of the U.S. workforce is bound by non-disclosure agreements

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is working across the aisle to strengthen protections for survivors of sexual assault or harassment in the workplace.

Today, a bill backed by Sen. Ossoff to prevent employers from silencing survivors of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace through non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) passed the key U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bipartisan bill makes these NDAs unenforceable in sexual assault and harassment cases.

More than one-third of U.S. workers are bound by these NDAs, which allow predatory behavior to continue in the workplace.

“Those who have been subjected to workplace sexual harassment or sexual assault in Georgia or anywhere in this country should never be silenced by their employment agreements,” Sen. Ossoff said.

Sen. Ossoff continues his work to strengthen protections for survivors of sexual abuse in all forms.

Last month, Sen. Ossoff introduced the bipartisan Preventing Child Sex Abuse Act of 2022to protect children from online predators and combat child sexual exploitation.

In June, Sen. Ossoff also worked across the aisle to help eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault in the military. 

Click here to read the Speak Out Act.

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