Abinanti Proposes Bill to Protect Sexual Harassment Whistleblowers

Tarrytown, NY – “Wrongdoers, not those who report them should be punished,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant). “The State should lead the way in protecting men and women who stand up to protest harassers, whether its sexual harassment or discrimination.”

Last week Abinanti introduced legislation (A11143) to provide whistleblower protections to employees who report violations of anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws. Although current labor laws exist to protect whistleblowers who disclose activities which endanger public health and safety, or are in violation of law in the workplace, it is not clear that the law protects those who report instances of sexual harassment and other types of discrimination in the workplace.

The bill was introduced in the wake of recent reports of retaliation against state employees that highlighted patterns of discrimination and sexual harassment in public and private workplaces.

“Those who expose egregious harassment in the effort to reform workplace culture and live a better quality of life should not live in fear of retaliation from their employer,” said Abinanti.