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    Protecting Workers

    On Saturday, the House passed one of my priority bills, HB 3279, on a strong bipartisan vote. The bill protects janitorial and cleaning workers from sexual abuse. Janitorial workers face an increased risk of sexual violence at the workplace due to their work conditions, which often involve working alone, late at night, and in large facilities. (Frontline did an important investigation of the scope of this problem.) HB 3279 increases workplace safety by requiring better employer training on prevention of harassment, assault, and discrimination. This bill also requires contracting services to be licensed with the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which improves employer accountability and enforcement of employment laws. This bill will provide important protections for vulnerable janitorial workers by increasing training and accountability for employers, and I am very hopeful that it will pass during this session. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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