Issacson seeks to strengthen whistleblower protections for harassment victims

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – Rep.-elect Mary Louise Isaacson, D-Phila., is planning to introduce a bill that would extend the amount of time that the Whistleblower Law allows for employees to report harassment.

"Many individuals who have experienced harassment in the workplace are not able to immediately report their experiences due to a variety of reasons," said Isaacson. "This legislation will ensure that employees are able to have their complaints appropriately heard when they are ready to tell their stories."

The bill would give employees up to two years to report an incident of sexual harassment, discrimination, or other workplace harassment. Currently, victims only have 180 days.

Additionally, this legislation would grant individuals who file a complaint the right to trial by jury and the recovery of punitive damages.