Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz and senior counsel Hannah Alejandro co-authored an op-ed for the Washington Post, “Blue states are leading in sexual harassment reforms. Red states are leaving women behind.”
Two of the largest social and political battles of the last two years have been over issues that disproportionately affect women. The #MeToo movement has sought to make accountable men who use their power to abuse and harass women without consequence, while legal fights over abortion access have come to the forefront with a new conservative justice on the Supreme Court – potentially endangering Roe v. Wade.
For women in the United States, their legal protections from sexual harassment, and access to a safe and legal abortion depend on which state they’re living in. Many blue states, such as New York, California, and Maryland have amended the standard needed to prove sexual harassment – making it easier to prove unlawful discrimination. And while some more conservative states, notably Tennessee and Arizona, have outlawed certain abusive management practices, many others set their protections at the federal minimum.
This glaring difference in legal protections state-by-state is why Ms. Katz and Ms. Alejandro call on Congress to pass laws to better protect women across the country from sexual harassment, regardless of what state they live in.
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