The sexual harassment bill proposed by Representative Kelly Moller of district 42A (Arden Hills, Mounds View, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park) has been unanimously approved by a Minnesota House Committee.

“This bill is necessary to insure that workers are safe in their workplaces. As the #MeToo movement has highlighted, we need to change workplace behavior” said Moller.

The bill would give more credibility to employees who face an intimidating or hostile environment in the workplace. The testimony on the bill included a server from a Golden Valley restaurant who endured a year of touching and stalking from customers, and her managers refused to do anything. She sued the company and lost the case because it did not fit into Minnesota’s high standard for “severe or pervasive” sexual harassment. This bill intends to strengthen the law and protect workers from sexual harassment in the workplace.