Harassment Ban Supported

April 10, 1992

A bill to outlaw sexual harassment in Annapolis has won the support of two City Council subcommittees, paving the way for its expected approval Monday night.

The three women on the council -- Ruth Gray, R-Ward 4, Theresa DeGraff, R-Ward 7, and Ellen O. Moyer, D-Ward 8 -- have agreed to co-sponsor the legislation introduced by Alderman CarlO. Snowden, D-Ward 5. Alderman Samuel Gilmer, D-Ward 3, also added his name to the bill yesterday.

The bill would make sexual harassment a misdemeanor in the state capital and allow District Court judges to fine people convicted of harassment or jail them for up to six months.

If the City Council approves the measure Monday night, Annapolis would become the first jurisdiction in Maryland with its own sexual harassment law. The legislation covers small businesses, which are currently exempt from federal laws that prohibit sexual harassment.

Members of the county YWCA, Maryland's Human Relations Commission and a number of city agenciessupported the proposal.

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