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ALBANY — The Republican-led state Senate on Monday passed legislation aimed at reforming the state’s sexual harassment policies.

The legislation, which passed 56-2, would ban mandatory arbitration clauses in sexual harassment settlements; establish a statutory definition of sexual harassment; and prohibit anonymity of the accused in court-approved settlements. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Cathy Young—the highest-ranking woman in the Republican conference—would also prohibit confidentiality agreements unless the victim requests it; expand the protections to include independent contractors; and create a uniform sexual harassment policy for all branches of state government.

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Josefa Velasquez

Josefa Velasquez is a regulatory and Court of Appeals reporter for the New York Law Journal based in Albany, N.Y. Contact Josefa Velasquez at [email protected] Twitter: @j__velasquez

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