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NYC eyes new employer mandates for curbing sexual harassment

The New York City Council has approved a measure requiring restaurants and other employers of at least 15 people to provide annual training for preventing sexual harassment.

The bill was part of a flurry of measures passed by the legislative body this week to curb harassment and punish offenders. Other provisions include:

  • Lengthening the statute of limitations for harassment-related charges to three years, from one;
  • Requiring employers to inform staffs of the company’s policies for handling allegations of improprieties;
  • Drop exemptions from harassment laws for businesses with four or fewer employees; and
  • Inform employees of their legal protections against harassment.


All are awaiting the signature of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who often acts in accord with the Council.

The cost of the programs was not computed.

Several big-name New York restaurateurs have been accused in recent months of harassing associates or allowing such behavior to happen. 

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