Los Angeles Times: These California bills on sexual harassment got an Oscars red carpet shoutout

March 06, 2018

A slate of California bills meant to combat sexual harassment in the workplace got a high-profile plug on Hollywood’s biggest night.

Mira Sorvino, an actress and leading figure in the Times Up movement taking on harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond, highlighted a number of measures making their way through the state Legislature during a red carpet interview at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.

“I want people to know that this movement isn’t stopping,” Sorvino said in an interview on ABC. “We’re going forward until we have an equitable and safe world for women.”

Sorvino said she is working with the women’s rights group Equal Rights Advocates to push a legislative package, which she described as “the strongest suite of bills against sexual harassment anywhere in the country.”

The bills are:

  1. SB 1038 by state Sen. Connie Levya (D-Chino), which would make clear that individuals could be held personally liable for retaliating against an employee who has filed a harassment complaint.
  2. SB 820, also by Leyva, which would bar confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements in cases of sexual assault, sexual harassment or sexual discrimination.
  3. SB 224, by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), which would make clear that investors, elected officials, lobbyists, directors and producers could be held liable for sexual harassment under state law
  4. SB 1300, also by Jackson, which would expand sexual harassment training requirements for employers