Sexual Harassment Bills Pass Senate Committee

The Senate Labor & Commerce Committee passed three legislative measures to address sexual harassment in the workplace. Senate Bills 5996 and 6313, introduced by Committee Chair Karen Keiser of Des Moines, would prohibit employers from limiting an employee’s right to file a complaint—and prohibit them from requiring employees to sign a non-disclosure agreement as a condition of employment. A third measure, Senate Bill 6471, directs the Human Rights Commission to develop model workplace policies.


Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines: “So we’ve created a bill that will allow to generate and create model policies, and that’s not just training. That’s not just telling people what not to do. That doesn’t work, we found out. We need to change culture in the workplace and that means having a safe and secure way to report sexual harassment without retaliation and repercussions. This is not easy, but we need to do it.”

The legislation awaits consideration in the Senate Rules Committee.