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State Representative Erin Zwiener’s Workplace Sexual Harassment Bill Passes Out of Committee Unanimously  print page

by: Rep. Zwiener, Erin
04/15/2019

Austin, TX — State Representative Erin Zwiener (Driftwood) today notched another victory in her work aimed at eliminating sexual misconduct as House Bill 2279 was voted unanimously out of the House International Relations & Economic Development Committee. HB 2279 would require the Texas Workforce Commission to accept sexual harassment claims from employees of companies of all sizes. Currently, the Texas Workforce Commission is not required to accept sexual harassment claims from companies with 14 or fewer employees.

“It is our duty to make sure protections, especially sexual harassment protections, extend to each and every Texas worker,” said Rep. Zwiener. “We know that sexual harassment can occur in any workplace regardless of the size of the company, yet current law does not properly protect individuals at smaller companies. With this bill, we make sure that every Texan has access to a fair and transparent process, which both protects the rights of individual workers and helps small business work environments across Texas.”

HB 2279 is one of four bills Rep. Zwiener has authored this session concerning sexual harassment and assault. Senator Zaffirini is carrying the senate companion, SB 46, which is also moving forward. Rep. Zwiener will lay out two of these bills, HB 2672 relating to rates of sexual assault prosecution and HB 2678 relating to sexual assault data compilation, in front of the House and Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee this Wednesday, April 17.

Rep. Zwiener’s Sexual Misconduct Bills

● HB 2278 would increase the window in which a sexual harassment claim can be made from 180 days to a full two years.
● HB 2279 would allow the Texas Workforce Commission to accept sexual harassment claims from employees of companies of all sizes. (Senator Zaffirini is carrying the companion, SB 46.)
● HB 2672 would create a study to be conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety to investigate the disparity between sexual assault offenses and actual prosecution.
● HB 2678 requires the Texas Department of Public Safety to compile and maintain statistics on the number of victims of sexual assault to a law enforcement agency after receiving a forensic medical examination.

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