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Margaret Grover, partner with Wendel Rosen Black & Dean.

The California legislature has responded to recent high-profile allegations of sexual harassment with multiple bills. One, which has already been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, protects both harassment victims and employers from defamation claims. Other bills now pending before the Senate and Assembly would, if passed, expand the definition of harassment; increase employers’ obligations to provide harassment prevention training; guarantee time off to employees who need to obtain care for themselves or family members as the result of sexual harassment; change the statute of limitations and burden of proof for certain harassment claims; and severely restrict an employer’s ability to recover legal costs after successfully defending a sexual harassment complaint.

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