Atlantic City to Host State Public Hearing on Sexual Harassment Later This Month

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By: SNJ Today Staff

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City will be hosting one of three public hearings on sexual harassment to better understand how the state can combat sexual harassment in workplaces, housing, and in places of public accommodation.

The office of Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Monday, September, 9, that the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) will be hosting the three public hearing on sexual harassment.

The Atlantic City hearing will be held at the All Wars Memorial Building at 1510 Adriatic Ave, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, September 25.

“Sexual harassment has no place in the workplace, in housing, or anywhere else,” Grewal said. “But, regrettably, in 2019, sexual harassment still remains all too common. I hope that the hearings sponsored by the Division on Civil Rights and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault will provide an opportunity for frank discussion about the problem and how we can best address it, as individuals and as members of our communities.”

The hearings will include comments from experts, including from leaders in labor unions, advocacy organizations, academia, community organizations, businesses, sexual violence service providers, and more. There will be open time for members of the public to speak.

“Sexual harassment is pervasive and has impacted far too many New Jerseyans for too long,” Patricia Teffenhart, executive director of NJCASA said. “These hearings will address sexual harassment in the workplace and in housing directly and allow community members to share how we can be better at addressing harassment when it happens, preventing it before it starts, and crafting policy recommendations that are responsive to people’s lived experiences. We thank Attorney General Grewal for his continued dedication to creating a safer New Jersey for survivors of sexual violence and the Division on Civil Rights for their continued partnership.”

Asbury Park will host the first public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Hackensack will host the second public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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