Local governments approve sexual harassment policies

As sexual harassment continues to make headlines with reports of allegations against a growing list of public figures, the Illinois General Assembly has created a new state law that requires all governmental units to establish a policy prohibiting sexual harassment has some area towns scrambling to make it by the Jan. 15 deadline.
On Nov. 16, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Public Act 100-0554, requiring all public bodies — including school districts, townships, fire departments and libraries — to establish a policy that prohibits sexual harassment, includes details on how allegations of sexual harassment can be reported, includes a prohibition on retaliation for reporting sexual harassment allegations and must include the consequences of a violation on the prohibition and for making a false report.
The state statute doesn’t prescribe specific penalties for failure to adopt a policy in a timely manner.

Read the full story in the Jan. 11 issue of The County Star.

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