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This one sentence could change every sexual harassment lawsuit in Minnesota — and it has bipartisan

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April 24, 2018

Here’s the sentence: “An intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment … does not require the harassing conduct or communication to be severe or pervasive.”

And with that change in state law proposed Monday the landscape of future sexual harassment claims in Minnesota could fundamentally shift — in favor of the #MeToo movement.

The proposal, which has bipartisan support, would lower the bar of proof for all employees across the state who believe they’ve been sexually harassed.

The proposal is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation and would nullify a standard set by the U.S. Supreme Court decades ago that has drawn criticism from employment lawyers and even judges for creating a shield of impunity for piggish behavior that might shock many.

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