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The breadth of recent sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood may finally be a wake-up call to cities, states, and Congress that there are steps they can take to better protect potentially vulnerable individuals.
Seemingly anticipating the coming storm of scandal, just one day before allegations of sexual misconduct against longtime Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein went public, the federal government took steps on the issue. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the launch of two new harassment-prevention training programs. On Nov. 7, the commission also sent newly finalized guidance on sexual harassment to the Office of Management and Budget for approval.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein and veteran director James Toback now number in the hundreds, and new charges against a variety of celebrities and others in the public eye seem to pop up daily.
But legislators are taking action.
At the local level, lawmakers are hoping to root out sexual harassment where it could be most rampant:
While lawmakers have been drafting bills for employees and workplaces alike, they haven’t been exempting themselves.
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