Critics say new protections against workplace sexual harassment are inadequate, although it’s likely that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders will hail them as a key achievement.
Women who have reported sexual harassment by lawmakers, along with state Senate Democrats and some attorneys, say the package to be included in the state budget accomplishes little, save for a significant provision extending protections to contractors and other non-employees in a workplace. The other measures give little additional leverage to victims and fail to protect people subject to other kinds of harassment, critics say.
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