Stewart-Cousins to lead anti-sexual harassment law reform

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The New York state Legislature is set to hold a hearing this week to look for ways to fix anti-sexual harassment laws.

Anti-sexual harassment advocates have long complained that women have not been involved enough in the process of writing laws on the issue, but that changed when state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) became the Senate’s majority leader last month. She made history by becoming the first woman to lead a major conference in the state, and announced hearings on sexual harassment in the workplace soon after taking control.

Stewart-Cousins was excluded from talks between the governor and two male legislative leaders on anti-sexual harassment policies last year.

A public hearing is being held Wednesday morning in Albany that will look at existing laws on the issue and look for improvements. This will be a joint public hearing with members of both the Senate and Assembly attending.

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