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New York lawmakers consider sexual assault comp bill


New York lawmakers are considering legislation that would provide parameters for workers compensation claims and lawsuits stemming from workplace sexual assault.

S.B. 5698, introduced on Monday and sent to the Labor Committee, states that injuries from a sexual offense would be compensable under workers comp and would allow “such employee to pursue any other remedies available at law or in equity.”

The bill also “clarifies that workers compensation should be exclusive remedy except when the employee suffers personal injury as a result of a sexual offense committed by a co-worker.”

Texas lawmakers are also considering a bill that would permit lawsuits following sexual assault under certain conditions.