The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA)
The Congressional Accountability Reform Act of 1995 (CAA) is a bipartisan bill that will bring transparency and accountability to the way Congress handles workplace sexual harassment. Bipartisan reforms to the CAA were unanimously passed by the House of Representatives on February 5, 2018. On May 24th, 2018. the Senate joined the House in unanimously passing the CAA. Together, both versions of the bill make long-overdue reforms that will undoubtedly improve the culture on Capitol Hill and set a new standard for workplaces across America.
Forced Arbitration and the Supreme Court
On May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court issued its latest pro-arbitration ruling, prohibiting over 25 million employees from taking collective action against their employers in court. For too long, forced arbitration agreements have shielded employers from accountability and have silenced employees from speaking out against harassment and other forms of discrimination. Now, it’s up to Congress to end forced arbitration of sexual harassment claims through lasting reform.
Want to know more? Read this OpEd by Purple Campaign President Ally Coll & former Supreme Court clerk Ryan Park about forced arbitration and #MeToo. Read Op-Ed.
Equal Pay Day
On Equal Pay Day 2019, we raised awareness about the gender wage gap and its disparities amongst different groups of American women. In the wake of the House of Representative passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, we also called upon federal, state, and local lawmakers to take action on addressing pay inequity to ensure that all women, particularly those facing the greatest disparities, are compensated fairly.
At this rate, the wage gap will not be closed for another 50 years — women and their families can’t afford to wait that long. Check out the National Committee on Pay Equity’s toolkit and learn how you can help promote equal pay in your community. Learn more.
Celebrating the 54th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
On July 2nd 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Through Title VII, this landmark law for the first time prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of sex, changing the American workplace dramatically. But 54 years later, women still experience employment discrimination despite Title VII. Today, more than half of all working women still experience sexual harassment at work, and women of color experience harassment at higher rates than white women do.
2018 Legislation on Sexual Harassment in the Legislature
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 32 states introduced over 125 pieces of legislation to address the #MeToo moment in 2018. States have introduced legislation to expel members, criminalize sexual harassment in legislatures, and mandate harassment training within the legislature, among other topics. But so far only 18 states have enacted the proposed legislation.
Want to see how your state stacks up? Learn more here.
The Be HEARD Act
On April 9, 2019, Senator Patty Murray, Representative Katherine Clarke, and Representative Ayanna Pressley introduced the Be HEARD Act. This groundbreaking piece of legislation expands legal protections for workers against workplace harassment and discrimination, and helps ensure that businesses have more resources to prevent harassment.
Want to know more about the Be HEARD Act? Learn more here.
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
The Equal Right Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. Despite the overwhelming public support for the ERA, 19 states have still not yet ratified.