Start Spreading the News: We Passed the TIME’S UP Safety Agenda in New York.
New York, State Policy
Last year, TIME’S UP connected a coalition of New York-based activists, attorneys, activists, and more to strengthen protections for survivors. The group noted that the statute of limitations on second- and third-degree rape in New York was one of the shortest in the nation — on par with Alabama — denying countless survivors their rightful day in court.
We also knew that people who experience sexual harassment at work face additional barriers to bringing forward claims against their employers due to the “severe and pervasive” standard — keeping all but the most egregious incidents of harassment out of court entirely.
Something had to change. And so we organized.
Working alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo, champions in the legislature like Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, and the tireless advocates who had spearheaded this statewide effort for years, we helped pass the TIME’S UP New York Safety Agenda into law — eliminating the “severe and pervasive” standard, extending the statute of limitations on rape, and allowing workers like independent contractors, interns, and domestic workers to have the same protections as everyone else.
The TIME’S UP Safety Agenda was fully signed into law in September 2019, but the fight is not over. We need to make sure that survivors know their rights and that employers are held accountable when harassment does occur. That’s why we developed a Know Your Rights Toolkit for New Yorkers to understand their new, expanded protections under the TIME’S UP Safety Agenda.
We’re continuing to increase public awareness to ensure New Yorkers adhere to the new law. And we’ll use our victory in New York to continue the ripple effect we’re seeing in states across the country and at the federal level.
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