In an unprecedented move, New Jersey Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) and a bipartisan team of state legislators are set to introduce “first of its kind” legislation to provide oversight over sexual harassment and discrimination in New Jersey political campaigns. The bill aims to fight sexual harassment in New Jersey politics by creating an independent oversight board. This oversight board will allow campaign staffers and volunteers to immediately report instances of harassment or discrimination without fear of retaliation.
The Proposed Legislation
The bill will establish independent reporting mechanisms via the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Moreover, not only is the bill the first of its kind in the United States, but the creation of an independent oversight board is as well. Currently, there is no mechanism in place in political campaigns that allows victims to report cases of harassment. This leaves victims under fear of retaliation if they report their harasser.
The independent process created by the bill will provide multiple ways for individuals to report instances of harassment. Additionally, the bill will provide oversight by at least one professional specializing in support for survivors of sexual assault. It will also require all New Jersey political campaigns and organizations to have formal anti-harassment training and policies. Entities and individuals that do not comply with the processes set out under the bill would be penalized.
“Too many women working in politics dedicate their passion and their careers to this industry but find that the industry feels little dedication to them in return,” said Assemblywoman Pintor Marin. “Instead, women are pushed into inappropriate situations for others’ gratification, forcing them to be on guard everywhere. Rather than a system that works to protect harassers and abusers, we need a system that puts women first.”
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