Elizabeth Warren co-sponsors bill to force companies to publicly report sexual harassment settlements

Elizabeth Warren co-sponsors bill to force companies to publicly report sexual harassment settlements
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Democrats call for expedited hearing for Trump's public lands nominee Democrats call for McConnell to bring Voting Rights Act to floor in honor of Lewis MORE (D-Nev.) plan to introduce new legislation that would require public companies to make data about sexual harassment in their workplaces public.

The legislation — called the Sunlight in Workplace Harassment Act — is expected to be introduced Tuesday, BuzzFeed News reported.

The legislation would force companies to report sexual harassment-related settlements, including the amount of money paid out, according to the publication.

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BuzzFeed News reported that the legislation would also mandate that companies report settlements related to "race, religion, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, service-member status, or age discrimination."

The bill would not allow companies to include the names of people involved in the settlements.

“What the #MeToo movement has taught us is that we're not going to change the culture where this misconduct is brushed aside or openly tolerated in workplaces across America without more transparency on how these issues are being handled,” Rosen said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

Rosen said she's spoken to some of her Republican colleagues about the bill and "several have expressed interest in learning" more about it.

“It's my hope that we can bring Republicans on board in the House and Senate to move this plan forward," she said.

Warren said in a statement that the "Me Too" movement has reminded people that sexual harassment happens in all workplaces.

"Our bill will help systemically expose workplace harassment and push employers across the country to aggressively prevent it," she told BuzzFeed News.

"I’m working to make sure Congress prevents workplace harassment both within its walls and outside of them."

Multiple women in recent months have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in the media and politics as part of the "Me Too" movement.