Snowden's Harassment Bill Undergoes Revision

March 04, 1992

A brief on a sexual harassment bill in Wednesday's Anne Arundel County Sun incorrectly listed the committee that discussed the bill Monday night. The City Council's Rules Committee deferred voting on the bill.

A bill that would make sexual harassment a crime in Annapolis is being rewritten by the city attorney.

Alderman Carl O. Snowden, the Democrat from the city's 5th Ward who introduced the legislation, said several sections are being revised.

Business leaders and critics who testified against the bill last week complained that the definition of sexual harassment was too broad and other areas were too vague.

Representatives of the Annapolis Housing Authority, the city's non-profit Community Action Agency, the YWCA and the National Organization for Women showed up in supportof the measure.

The proposal would allow victims of sexual harassment to file a criminal misdemeanor complaint. People convicted of harassment in District Court could be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced to up to six months in jail. Employers also would be penalized if theyknowingly allowed harassment to continue.

The City Council's finance committee deferred voting on the measure Monday night. The council is scheduled to vote on the revised bill next month, Snowden said.

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