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HB 684, Relating to Employment.

House Committee on Labor & Public Employment
Friday, February 13, 2015
9:30 a.m.

HB 684, Relating to Employment.

Dear Chairman Nakashima and Committee Members:

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly opposes this proposed measure. The consequences of implementation will diminish currently held rights to seek redress for victims of workplace harassment whether it is based on sex, race or religion. The measure would allow employers to avoid their responsibility for the behavior of their supervisory employees. This rolls back the protections afforded under current state law and increases the barriers to employees seeking help in remedying discriminatory workplace behavior.

UHPA encourages the Committee to defer this measure.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Associate Executive Director