Governor signs order for sexual harassment task force

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) -- New Governor Steve Sisolak has signed his first executive order, establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Law and Policy. He signed it January 7, 2019, right after being sworn into office.

The task force will review federal and state sexual harassment laws, regulations, and policies. It will also review prevention plans and the training in place now.

The task force will offer recommendations to the Governor to improve prevention plans and training procedures, allegation reporting and investigation protocol, and privacy protection safeguards, as well as models for policies, procedures, and training within the executive branch agencies.

New Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford will chair the task force.

The vice chair will be a sexual harassment and discrimination victims’ rights advocate who will be selected by the governor and chair. In total, the task force will be made of 11 members.

“No one should ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable at work,” said Governor Steve Sisolak.

“There is no place for workforce sexual harassment or discrimination in Nevada, period. And if we want to deliver on that reality, then the State of Nevada must lead by example. This task force will deliver real recommendations on how we can successfully do that and I look forward to their findings,” he continued.

"Every employee deserves to work in a safe environment, free from sexual harassment and discrimination,” said Attorney General Aaron Ford.

“I am proud to uphold my promise to work toward preventing and eliminating workplace sexual harassment by serving as chair of this task force. I look forward to working closely with Governor Sisolak and on this important initiative to protect Nevada’s employees from harassment,” he continued.