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NY State Senator: Revised sexual harassment policy includes a 'type of intimidation'

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 16:09:18-05

The first woman to lead a legislative conference in the history of New York State is taking issue with the state Senate's newly revised anti-sexual harassment policy.

According to Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the four-page document includes a new sentence, warning that a reporting a false complaint is a serious act. The document was distributed to senators and staff Monday by the Republican-controlled chamber.

Stewart Cousins says emphasizing false reporting is a "type of intimidation" that has previously discouraged victims of harassment from coming forward. She says she was not included in discussions about making revisions to the policy.

The New York Times first reported the revision Tuesday.