On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the “Act”) into law. The Act was co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of senators and representatives in response to the #MeToo movement.
Significant changes to the Texas Labor Code regarding sexual harassment become effective September 1, 2021. These new provisions particularly impact smaller employers who were previously excluded from the definition of “employer” in the Texas Labor Code. In addition, the new statute identifies situations in which individuals, including managers, company owners, and HR professionals, can be sued and found liable for sexual harassment.