PR Senate Bill 562
To amend Article 11 of Act No. 17 of April 22, 1988, known as the Act to Prohibit Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
On June 2, 2017, senator Aníbal José Torres Torres introduced Senate Bill 562 to amend Article 11 of Act No. 17 of April 22, 1988, known as the Act to Prohibit Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, in order to prohibit the use of public funds to cover damages in sexual harassment cases. This bill was approved by the Senate on August 20, 2018 and sent to the House of Representatives on that same day.
The proposed bill prohibits the disbursement of funds from any government budget, including the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches, its instrumentalities or public corporations and the municipal governments, to cover the amount to be paid in damages for sexual harassment acts in the workplace. Also, the bill states that the person responsible for the sexual harassment acts will have to pay the damages exclusively with his own patrimony.
Lastly, the proposed amendment clarifies that the prohibition regarding the disbursement of public funds to cover damages in sexual harassment cases does not apply when the employer is liable for his own actions or the actions of its agents or employees; when the specific acts in dispute were authorized by the employer; or when the employer knew or should have known of such conduct.
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