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In response to the #MeToo movement, California took significant legislative steps in 2018 to address sexual harassment within the state. Specifically, the legislature passed Senate Bill No. 1300, which amended California’s Fair Housing and Employment Act to declare the state’s “intent with regard to application of the laws about harassment.” One particular enactment, § 12923, signified a concerted effort by California lawmakers to address the pervasive issue of workplace harassment and underscored the state's commitment to fostering environments free from harassment and discrimination. By explicitly declaring the legislative intent concerning the interpretation and enforcement of anti-harassment laws, the statute sought to provide clarity to judicial bodies and signal to employers that that one instance of sexual harassment was enough to create a hostile work environment.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on March 1, 2024. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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