NJ State Senator Proposes Oversight Board To Fight Sexual Harassment

Joe Avellar
January 14, 2020 - 6:48 pm
Vin Gopal

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TRENTON (WCBS 880) — To fight sexual harassment in New Jersey politics, one state senator wants to create an independent oversight board.

WCBS 880’s Joe Avellar reports that panel would make it easier for victims to report abuse after many stories of harassment and abuse have come to light in New Jersey politics.

One of the most recent accusations by women in New Jersey politics comes from a woman running for Congress who said she was harassed and stalked out of the race by Monmouth County political official.

New Jersey State Sen. Vin Gopal say he’ll now be introducing a bill to create an independent process for political and campaign staff and volunteers to report harassment or discrimination without fear of retaliation.

The bill reportedly has the support of Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and a group of female legislative leaders.

Gopal says the Oversight Board for Political Staff and Volunteers would be the first of its kind in the country.

The bill will require political campaigns and organizations to have formal anti-harassment policies and training for all employees, or face penalties.

It has the support of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.