Members named to commission reviewing sex harassment policy


The Rhode Island house speaker has announced the members of a legislative commission that will review the state’s workplace laws involving sexual harassment.

Democratic Rep. Teresa Tanzi sponsored legislation to create the commission, which passed in March.

She alleged in October that a high-ranking legislator told her sexual favors would allow her bills to go further.

Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello on Monday named the 10 members who will serve on the commission with Tanzi. They will review state law and recent federal recommendations about workplace sexual harassment.

Tanzi says the committee will seek practices to train people about what constitutes sexual harassment, encourage bystander intervention and empower victims to report harassment.

The commission includes other lawmakers, law enforcement officials, a human resources executive and a Rhode Island College professor.

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