Louisville Metro Council votes for new ordinances on reporting sexual harassment and child abuse
Louisville Metro Council took its next step Thursday night to stop sexual harassment in city government.
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) – Louisville Metro Council took its next step Thursday night to stop sexual harassment in city government.
In a unanimous vote, the council voted to approve new ways for staff members to report sexual harassment.
This comes after Councilwoman Jessica Green accused Councilman Dan Johnson of sexually harassing her and grabbing her backside at an event in May. Johnson said he never grabbed her but accidentally brushed against her.
At Thursday's meeting, the council voted to include council staff to an already-existing anonymous city government hotline to report harassment. Victims also have two other options: to call their supervisors or to report the incident to a third party investigator.
The ordinance states, “If an allegation against a sitting council member is found to be true, resolution could range from censure to setting a removal process in place according to state law.”
When it came time for a vote, Johnson voted for the new ordinance and to sponsor it.
Green said after the meeting that the vote is exactly what she felt needed to happen.
“I am glad that today Councilman Johnson understands that this kind of behavior is not acceptable," she said. "I am glad that he supports this new ordinance and the new resolution. I am glad that he appears to get it today."
Also at Thursday’s meeting, the council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance regarding the process of reporting child abuse in the wake of the LMPD youth explorer sex abuse case.
The ordinance states any Louisville Metro employee who knows or has reasonable cause to believe a child is abused must immediately report it. If the case is against an LMPD employee, a report will also be made to the Kentucky State Police, the commonwealth's attorney or a designated representative.
Although the vote was unanimous, Council President David Yates did not vote because he is involved in filing a civil case regarding the explorer program.
Mayor Greg Fisher now has seven days to sign off on the new ordinances.
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