Bill Text: NY S04313 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Establishes a pilot program to create a legal hotline for complainants of workplace sexual harassment to be administered by the attorney general; makes related provisions.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-07 - REFERRED TO FINANCE [S04313 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04313-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          4313
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                      March 7, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  BIAGGI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing  a  pilot
          program to create a legal hotline for complainants of workplace sexual
          harassment
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 75  to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 75. Legal hotline for sexual harassment pilot program. 1. The attor-
     4  ney  general  shall  establish a pilot program to create a legal hotline
     5  for complainants of workplace sexual  harassment.    The  pilot  program
     6  shall be administered by the attorney general.
     7    2.  The attorney general shall recruit attorneys to participate in the
     8  program. Attorneys will not be  committed  to  representing  any  sexual
     9  harassment complainants that they advise through the program.
    10    3.  The legal hotline for complainants shall be accessible via a toll-
    11  free phone number that operates, at a minimum, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday
    12  through Friday.
    13    4. Workplace sexual harassment complainants shall call the hotline and
    14  describe their problem to an  intake  counselor,  who  shall  refer  the
    15  complainant  to  an  appropriate and available volunteer attorney. After
    16  the referral, the attorney shall contact and advise the complainant.
    17    5. All costs of the pilot program shall be paid for by  the  New  York
    18  interest  on  lawyer account fund, pursuant to section ninety-seven-v of
    19  the state finance law.
    20    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10062-01-9
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