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Cuomo Wants to Make Workplace Harassment Easier to Prove

Jan. 17, 2019, 7:43 PMUpdated: Jan. 17, 2019, 10:14 PM

A legislative proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would lift the need for workers to prove that alleged sexual harassment was “severe or pervasive” in cases brought under New York state law.

If approved, New York would join California and Delaware in moving away from a legal standard—established under federal caselaw—that says harassment must be particularly offensive or occur frequently enough to create a hostile workplace. A similar proposal was reintroduced Jan. 10 in Minnesota.

Cuomo’s plan, submitted to the state legislature as part of the governor’s omnibus budget proposal, would also bar employers from putting nondisclosure agreements in...

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