NOW PICKETS SAKS FLAGSHIP OVER STANCE IN ASSAULT CASE

NEW YORK — The National Organization of Women staged a protest outside the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship Tuesday, claiming that Saks is shielding itself in a sexual harassment case by invoking Worker’s Compensation laws.
The protest was small, drawing about 20 picketers who called for a boycott of the store. It was staged when Saks unveiled its Christmas windows.
As reported, Carolyn Maloney, a House Democrat from New York, will introduce legislation designed to prevent employers from invoking Worker’s Compensation laws to shield them from civil liability in cases when employer negligence results in sexual assault of an employee.
The dispute between NOW and Saks stems from a February 1994 sexual assault of a female employee at Saks by a security guard there.

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