Broadview Passes State Mandated Sexual Harassment Policy

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

During a Jan. 3 regular meeting, the Broadview Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a policy prohibiting sexual harassment. The measure passed 4 to 0. Trustees Tara Brewer, Sherman Jones and Judy Brown-Marino were absent.

Last fall, the Illinois General Assembly adopted a public act — which took effect on Nov. 15, 2017 — that requires each municipality to adopt a resolution or ordinance that establishes a sexual harassment policy.

The state requires that each policy contain the following provisions:

  • “A prohibition on sexual harassment”
  • “Details on how an individual can report an allegation of sexual harassment, including options for making a confidential report”
  • “A prohibition on retaliation for reporting sexual harassment allegations, including availability of whistleblower protections”
  • “The consequences of a violation of the prohibition on sexual harassment and the consequences for knowingly making a false report”

Mayor Thompson said that she had met with each department head before the board took the matter up for a vote.

“Good,” said Trustee John Ealey during the Jan. 3 meeting, right before the board voted. “This should be in place in every municipality across the state.” 

Each municipality has until Jan. 15 to pass their own sexual harassment policy as required by Illinois law. VFP 

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