Sauer backs harassment education for elected officials
Rep. Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) is backing legislation that would mandate elected officials and other personnel in Illinois to undergo training in order to curtail sexual harassment.
Under the bill, HB4134, successfully completing a training and education program would be a prerequisite to holding office, a release said. All lobbyists and specified state employees will also be required to complete the process, should the law go through.
HB4134 would also define appropriate conduct guidelines and provide more uniform language, the release said.
One of the current problems the proposed law seeks to fix is ambiguities in different departments of government offices and agencies, proponents of the legislation. This lack of uniformity and clarity can lead to miscommunication in the area of conduct and behavior, as well as expectations of employees, the release describing the proposed law said.
“No person should ever have to endure the degradation and trauma caused by sexual harassment or abuse, least of all in the workplace, where a person should feel comfortable,” Sauer said in the release. “While our state agencies have employed sexual harassment policies for many years, these policies, and those for legislators and executive branch officials, have lacked uniform standards."