FIVE CHANGES TO FEDERAL LAW THAT WILL STOP WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

As an attorney who has defended sexual harassment victims in the Courts I am very familiar with the problems with current Federal law.   As a Congressperson, I will propose the following legislation to stop workplace sexual harassment so there are no more #metoo:
1. There ought to be a law. Current sexual harassment law is based on a 1977 Supreme Court decision that says sexual harassment is part of sexual discrimination and prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This essentially means that unlawful sexual harassment in the workplace teeters on our current makeup of what has become a very conservative Court. We need a law that specifically addresses workplace sexual harassment. 
2. Define Sexual Harassment through the Victim’s Eyes. The Supreme Court definition of a sexually hostile environment is fuzzy, defined through the employer’s rights and responsibilities, and largely ignores a victim’s perspective. This means many potential claims of sexual harassment have no real legal remedy.   This needs to change.
3. Increase Monetary Penalties. If you really want to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, damages to victims should be tripled. Other Federal statutes such as RICO and Whistleblower/Qui Tam have triple damages, workplace sexual harassment is just as important to stop. 
4. Personal Liability for Harassers and Aiders/Abettors.   Beyond corporate liability/employer, harassers should be held personally liable.  In addition, anyone who had a duty or power to protect a victim, and knowingly failed to take action, should also be personally liable.
5. Lengthen the Statute of Limitations- A victim of workplace sexual harassment must file a Federal claim in less than a year. This doesn’t protect the victim, it protects the harasser and employer.

No more #metoo

Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care For Millions

Republicans are currently working to strip healthcare from millions of people. After multiple failed repeal attempts - the message is clear: Americans want the Affordable Care Act to stay.

Elise Stefanik has refused to listen to her constituents. As your representative, I will stand up for your right to affordable healthcare. 

Ronald Kim, 7th NY-21 candidate, announces bid to challenge Stefanik

Make that seven challengers to U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Ronald Kim, a Queensbury attorney and former Saratoga Springs public safety commissioner, said Monday he plans to take on the two-term Republican congresswoman from Essex County, drawing from a local-level political experience and spurred by what he says is a lack of representation from Stefanik.

Kim is the sixth Democrat to declare a bid for the 21st Congressional District seat. A St. Lawrence County Republican also is taking on Stefanik.

Former Spa City public safety chief wants to challenge Stefanik

A former Saratoga Springs public safety commissioner is the latest Democrat to announce a run for Rep. Elise Stefanik’s seat in Congress. 

Ronald Kim, of Queensbury, said Monday he will seek the Democratic nomination so he can challenge Stefanik, a second-term Republican congresswoman from Essex County, in 2018.

“I am running for Congress because the residents of the 21st cannot tolerate Elise Stefanik’s continued refusal to meet with constituents on the fundamental right to healthcare, and they certainly cannot afford her support of a healthcare law that would strip health insurance from almost 100,000 residents of the North Country,” Kim said in a prepared statement. “Even Donald Trump called Stefanik’s support of this bill ‘mean.’”

Ronald Kim enters 21st Congressional District race

Ronald Kim, a lawyer who lives on Glen Lake in Queensbury, announced he is seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination in the 21st Congressional District, becoming the sixth Democrat to enter the race.

“Watching what’s going on in the country, it’s hard to just sit on the sidelines,” said Kim, in a telephone interview on Tuesday, after announcing his candidacy in a news release on Monday.

Kim said he hopes to participate in a forum at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury on Thursday with the other five announced Democratic candidates and Republican candidate Russell Finley.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was invited, but cannot attend because of a scheduling conflict, organizers said.

Former Spa City official enters congressional race

Spa City attorney and former City Council member Ron Kim has joined a growing list of Democrats seeking their party’s endorsement to challenge U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, in 2018.

Kim, 58, was public safety commissioner from 2006-10, and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2009 when he lost to Republican Scott Johnson.

His primary residence is now on Glen Lake in Queensbury, although he still keeps a home and practices law in Saratoga Springs.

“Elise Stefanik refuses to meet with her constituents about healthcare,” Kim said. “She would not have a town hall meeting during the run-up to this bill. You can’t govern if you’re not going to meet with your constituents.”