US HB5994 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 93-0)
Status: Introduced on November 17 2021 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-11-29 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Pending: House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Expands protections against discrimination and harassment in the workplace and raises the minimum wage for tipped employees. Specifically, the bill (1) makes it an unlawful employment practice to discriminate against an individual in the workplace based on sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, or a sex stereotype; and (2) provides a statutory definition for what constitutes workplace harassment. Further, these protections apply to all workplaces, regardless of size, and to all workers, including independent contractors, interns, volunteers, and trainees. The bill prohibits employers from entering into contracts or agreements with workers that contain certain nondisparagement or nondisclosure clauses and prohibits certain predispute arbitration agreements and postdispute agreements. It also establishes grant programs to (1) prevent and respond to workplace discrimination and harassment, (2) provide legal assistance for low-income workers, and (3) establish a system of legal advocacy in states to protect the rights of workers. The bill further provides employees the right to retain their tips and it increases, in specified annual increments, the minimum wage for tipped employees to match the federal minimum wage for nontipped employees. Additionally, the bill requires the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to provide specified training and resource materials, establish and convene a harassment prevention task force, and establish an Office of Education and Outreach with regard to prohibited discrimination and harassment in employment. The bill also requires specified studies, reports, and research on prohibited workplace harassment.

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Title

BE HEARD in the Workplace Act Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination in the Workplace Act

Sponsors

Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA]Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA]Rep. Elissa Slotkin [D-MI]Rep. Sylvia Garcia [D-TX]
Rep. Marilyn Strickland [D-WA]Rep. Nanette Barragan [D-CA]Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA]Rep. Lisa Rochester [D-DE]
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR]Rep. Jamaal Bowman [D-NY]Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA]Rep. Andre Carson [D-IN]
Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA]Rep. Sean Casten [D-IL]Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA]Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN]
Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL]Rep. Madeleine Dean [D-PA]Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR]Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA]
Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI]Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY]Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA]Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL]
Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA]Rep. Jesus Garcia [D-IL]Rep. Raul Grijalva [D-AZ]Rep. Jahana Hayes [D-CT]
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D-TX]Rep. Sara Jacobs [D-CA]Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA]Rep. Henry Johnson [D-GA]
Rep. William Keating [D-MA]Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL]Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI]Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA]
Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH]Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI]Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL]Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA]
Rep. Teresa Fernandez [D-NM]Rep. Andy Levin [D-MI]Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA]Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA]
Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA]Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY]Rep. Lucy McBath [D-GA]Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY]
Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY]Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA]Rep. Marie Newman [D-IL]Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC]
Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ]Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI]Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD]Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY]
Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon [D-PA]Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D-IL]Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA]Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA]
Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY]Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV]Rep. Rashida Tlaib [D-MI]Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA]
Rep. Lori Trahan [D-MA]Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL]Rep. Bonnie Coleman [D-NJ]Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT]
Rep. Nikema Williams [D-GA]Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL]Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY]Rep. Jake Auchincloss [D-MA]
Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX]Rep. Frank Mrvan [D-IN]Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA]Rep. Kweisi Mfume [D-MD]
Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN]Rep. Tony Cardenas [D-CA]Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA]Rep. David Scott [D-GA]
Rep. James Himes [D-CT]Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN]Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH]Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA]
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA]Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT]Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC]Rep. Kathy Manning [D-NC]
Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME]Rep. Ilhan Omar [D-MN]Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA]Rep. Michael San Nicolas [D-GU]
Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA]

History

DateChamberAction
2021-11-29HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
2021-11-17HouseReferred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, House Administration, Oversight and Reform, and Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2021-11-17HouseReferred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, House Administration, Oversight and Reform, and Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2021-11-17HouseReferred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, House Administration, Oversight and Reform, and Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2021-11-17HouseReferred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, House Administration, Oversight and Reform, and Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2021-11-17HouseReferred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, House Administration, Oversight and Reform, and Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2021-11-17HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB3219 (Same As) 2021-11-17 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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