Tammy Baldwin, a member of the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin, has introduced new legislation called the Fair Employment Protection Act, which would require zero tolerance for workplace discrimination. According to Senator Baldwin, women in the workplace are disproportionately affected by discrimination. Senator Baldwin is joined in introducing the proposed bill by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).
In addition, Baldwin feels that an employer should share the responsibility for the behavior of its supervisors. If passed, the bill will allow all employees greater opportunities for success without having to endure a hostile work environment. The bill will provide a more comprehensive definition of the word supervisor.
Employment laws are constantly changing on both the state and federal levels. Changes in employment laws have the potential to affect the outcome of an employment discrimination lawsuit. An attorney with experience in employment issues may be able to interpret and explain current state and federal statutes to someone who has been mistreated on the job, and may also be able to determine whether litigation would be warranted.
Source: Wisconsin Radio Network, "Baldwin introduces bill to fight workplace harassment", Jackie Johnson, March 14, 2014