The New York City Council has passed 11 bills designed to strengthen workplace sexual harassment protections.
According to The Wall Street Journal , Democratic Council Speaker Corey Johnson says the legislation is designed to provide all New Yorkers "a safe and respectful workplace."
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The bills are subject to approval by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Employers with 15 or more workers would have to conduct annual anti-sexual-harassment training for all employees.
Another bill extends protections to any employee, regardless of a company's size.
The statute of limitations for filing harassment claims would be extended from one year to three years.
Contractors would be required to include their anti-sexual-harassment policies in applications for city business.
City agencies would be required to report workplace harassment incidents to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com