TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick prohibiting employee contracts from legally binding workers into silence about harassment and assault is headed to the Governor’s desk after passing the Assembly.

The Senate advanced the bill in June.

“People should not be allowed to cover up what predators do,” said Bramnick (R-Union).  “Women often do not report such heinous behavior because they are afraid of retribution. Some are also worried that if they talk they will face legal action. That’s wrong.”

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The legislation (S121/A1242) prevents future employment contracts that effectively force employees to conceal harassment or discrimination. The restrictions would also apply to claims that have been submitted to arbitration.

From my perspective as an employment attorney, it's refreshing to see bipartisan support for a bill that empowers victims of harassment and discrimination to speak out against unacceptable working conditions" said Morristown attorney David Rostan. "When enacted this law together with New Jersey's Equal Pay Act will move our state closer to the goal of eliminating the cancer of discrimination".  

 

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