NY lawmaker: Deny tax breaks to companies for sex harassment
Oct. 16, 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York lawmaker says the state should refuse to grant tax credits to companies who fail to address repeated problems of sexual harassment in the workplace.
State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said Monday that she's written legislation that would require firms to disclose sexual harassment complaints and settlements going back five years when they apply for tax breaks or other state business incentives. Companies with a poor record of handling harassment would be ineligible for state help.
Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, says she thought of the bill following the sexual harassment and assault allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. She says the state needs to consider all the ways it can to fight harassment and discourage companies from covering up or enabling outrageous misconduct.
Lawmakers will convene in January.