PR Senate Bill 853
To create “The Bill of Rights of the Working Woman”
On March 5, 2018, senator Evelyn Vázquez Nieves presented S.B. 853 in order to establish "The Bill of Rights of the Working Woman”. This bill was referred to the Commission on Women’s Issues of the Senate. As of March 27, 2018, this bill is still being considered by said commission.
Senate Bill 853 defines the term “working woman” as any employed woman that receives a salary, wages, or any other form of compensation. In Article 3, the proposed bill enumerates the rights of the working woman. Among these are: the right to not be discriminated against because of sex; the right to be assured that there will be measures implemented towards preventing acts of discrimination in the workplace; the right to a maternity leave period as stated in the law; the right to a nursing period; the right to have a work environment free of sexual harassment, amongst others. Through Articles 4 and 5, this bill imposes on public and private employers, with two or more (2) workers, the obligation to exhibit in writing all of the working woman rights in an accessible place for all employees and visitors and orders the Department of Labor to adopt the necessary regulations to implement the law.
In Article 6, senator Vázquez proposes that a violation of the obligations stated in the law by any agency or governmental official or any individual or private entity will constitute cause for the commencement of a legal action in damages. Also, any violation of the obligations of the law will be subject to civil and/or criminal causes of action already established by our legal system.
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