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NEWS: Sen. Ossoff-Backed Bipartisan Bill to Protect Survivors of Workplace Sexual Abuse & Harassment Passes U.S. House

Bipartisan legislation passes U.S. House, heads to the President’s desk

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

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff to strengthen protections for survivors of workplace sexual assault or harassment.

The bipartisan bill passed the Senate earlier in September and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“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.

The bipartisan Speak Out Act will prevent employers from using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to silence survivors of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace.

The bill will make NDAs unenforceable in workplace-related sexual assault and harassment cases.

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

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

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

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

Click here to read the Speak Out Act. 

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