California Joint Committee on Rules Approves Landmark Sexual Harassment Policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Joint Committee on Rules today approved a landmark overhaul of the Legislature’s policies on sexual harassment with an aim of transforming the workplace culture in California. The comprehensive policy revision attempts to promote a workplace culture of respect, civility and diversity, using a range of tools.

“This Joint Senate and Assembly hearing to update our policies and processes on sexual harassment and other misconduct is notable in the history of California as incontestably a historic, bicameral and bipartisan undertaking to support the work of the People’s House in a way that upholds the values we hold dear,” said Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Chair of the Joint Committee on Rules.

“Changing our policy to address shortcomings is a good start, but changing the culture is the ultimate goal,” said Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Rules. “While we address our current deficiencies, we must fundamentally alter the overall environment by improving communication, civility and respect within this institution.”