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Safety Committee

The Safety Committee addresses issues relating to Sexual Harassment and Gender-based Violence.  The committee was very glad to support the following bills during the 2019 Legislative Session:

HB 1016 An act relating to hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection.
EHB 1056 Creating a task force to identify the role of the workplace in helping curb domestic violence.
HB 1149  An act relating to clarifying requirements to obtain a sexual assault protection order.
SHB 1166 An act relating to supporting sexual assault survivors.
HB 1533 Making information about domestic violence resources available in the workplace.
ESHB 1692 An act relating to protecting information concerning agency employees who have filed a claim of harassment or stalking.
2SHB 1713 Improving law enforcement response to missing and murdered Native American women. 
ESHB 1998

An act relating to creating a task force to provide more certainty and clarity for institutions of higher education and our communities regarding campus sexual violence policies and procedures.

ESSB 5258 An act relating to preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers.

Model Sexual Harassment Policies

    The Women's Commission worked with pro bono employment attorneys of Gordon Rees’ Seattle office to develop a model sexual harassment policy intended for small employers who may not have a Human Resources department.

    The Safety Committee has been working to identify various model policies businesses can choose to adopt to prevent and raise awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace.

    Disclaimer: These sample sexual harassment policies are provided pursuant to RCW 43.119.040 for informational purposes only. The Washington State Women’s Commission is not liable for damages of any kind due to the use of these policies or the language therein. These  policies do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for your own judgment, opinions, or independent research on appropriate sexual harassment policies for your particular entity. You should work with your legal counsel to ensure that any policy you adopt is appropriate for your entity and complies with applicable law.