In the States

The Purple Campaign is engaging on #MeToo reform efforts in state legislatures across the country

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Testimony for the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights & the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault Hearings on Sexual Harassment

In September 2019, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) held three public hearings on sexual harassment to develop a better understanding of how the state can combat sexual harassment in workplaces, in housing, and in places of public accommodation. In written testimony, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll shared her own #MeToo story and urged New Jersey lawmakers to adopt critical reforms in the wake of #MeToo.

Testimony Before the New York State Legislature

On February 13, the New York State Legislature held a Joint Senate and Assembly Public Hearing on sexual harassment in the workplace. The hearing was the first on the topic in over 27 years. In written testimony to the committee, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll shared her own #MeToo story and urged New York lawmakers to adopt critical reforms in the wake of #MeToo.

“I hope that the Senate and Assembly will consider adopting these critical reforms to ensure that current and future workers are protected from harassment and discrimination.”

California’s New Non-Disclosure Agreement Law

In September 2018,  outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that would prohibit nondisclosure provisions in settlements involving claims of sexual assault, harassment or discrimination based on sex. On January 1, 2019 -- the day the law officially went into effect --  Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discussed the bill’s importance with the Los Angeles Times.

“This bill will help force more transparency and accountability on the part of employers”, Coll said. “NDAs allowed employers to systemically settle claims in a way that did not address the problem,” she said.

Tracking State Legislative Action

The Purple Campaign is monitoring ongoing #MeToo policy reform efforts in state legislatures across the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 states introduced over 125 pieces of legislation in 2018 in response to the #MeToo movement. The Purple Campaign tracks the status of these legislative efforts and provides updates to key stakeholders and our growing coalition on social media. Follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop.