Amid a series of high-profile workplace sexual harassment claims, local officials have announced that they will hold a national meeting on the issue at NYLS.
At a press conference, held December 7 on the steps of City Hall, New York City Council Member Mark Levine, Chair of the Women’s Caucus Helen Rosenthal, and members of the Council’s Women’s Caucus also detailed new legislation to reform the sexual harassment reporting process within city government. They were joined by local advocates and representatives from NYLS.
The new legislation would require all sexual harassment allegations within the City Council to be investigated by the Council Committee on Standards and Ethics. It would also require all city agencies to disclose data on sexual harassment claims semi-annually and would create a new citywide taskforce to review harassment policies within agencies.
Council Member Levine announced that the upcoming National Conference on Sexual Harassment in the Government Workplace is the result of a partnership with NYLS and New York State Assembly Member Charles Lavine ’72. The event, which will be held early next year, will bring together government officials, advocates, and academics in discussion about sexual harassment policies and best practices.
“We are witnessing a watershed moment in our country as society comes to terms with the pervasive sexual harassment and inadequate protocols that exist across every sector,” said Dean Anthony W. Crowell in the group’s press release. “New York Law School is proud to partner with New York state and local government officials as well as advocacy organizations and provide a platform to highlight the best ways forward in establishing government workplaces where every employee can feel safe and respected.”
Ella Mae S. Estrada, Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Diversity Initiatives, and Aisha Joseph, Title IX Coordinator, stood alongside officials and advocates at the press conference.
“New York Law School is proud to be here for this important effort to reform and improve how harassment is handled within government,” Dean Estrada said. “We look forward to hosting this conference that will bring together government officials and experts who will discuss the current landscape and will propose best practices for adoption. We will also have speakers who can address a broad array of issues surrounding sexual harassment and gender discrimination.” She also thanked Assembly Member Lavine for his partnership, as an alumnus of the School.
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