Georgia Legislature Creates Sexual Harassment Subcommittee

In wake of sexual misconduct allegations against elected officials nationwide, the Georgia General Assembly has issued a review of the state capitol’s sexual harassment policy.

Georgia House Speaker, David Ralston, and Lt. Governor, Casey Cagle have arranged a subcommittee to create improvements and recommendations to the existing policy. The newly established subcommittee will be comprised of three members from each chamber.

Though the current policy mandates “zero tolerance” relating to sexual misconduct, leaders of the Georgia General Assembly ordered a re-evaluation assessment to modernize the current policies and procedures. During the 2010 legislative session lawmakers approved rules that prohibit and penalize sexual harassment. The rules that are outlined in the current policy forbid sexual advances, the request of sexual favors, as well as unwelcomed verbal or physical harassment that results in an intimidating or hostile work environment.

In addition to the bipartisan recommendations of the subcommittee, the General Assembly will also be considering the recommendations of an attorney who specializes in Employment Law. The subcommittee will schedule its first meeting upon the completion of the attorney’s review.

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