The California legislature has responded to the growing political momentum behind the #MeToo movement by passing two new sexual harassment laws, and more sexual harassment legislation is pending consideration.
The two laws that were passed last week included AB 3080 and SB820. Here’s the most important
AB 3080: This law bans confidential agreements pertaining to harassment. It also bans mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts that require sexual harassment victims to resolve their complaints in confidential arbitration sessions. These contracts have caused problems for sexual harassment victims in the past because they have blocked victims from having a way to seek justice in court.
SB 820: This law prevents nondisclosure agreements that bar the “disclosure of factual information” related to sexual harassment, discrimination and assault settlements. The bill prevents the names of perpetrators in these cases from concealment, but it allows the victims’ names to remain private and it allows for settlement agreements to be made in sexual misconduct suits.
According to California Sen. Connie Leyva, the sponsor of SB 820, she is hopeful that the California Governor will proceed with signing the new legislation into law. She said that the legislation “would be a truly historic win for victims that will no longer have to suffer at the hands of perpetrators that have hidden behind the curtain of secrecy created by these settlements.”
If you want to know how this legislation could potentially affect your sexual harassment lawsuit, you may want to get in touch with an experienced sexual harassment attorney in the Long Beach area.