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H.R. 6198 (112th): Give Workplace Gender Violence Victims Their Day in Court Act of 2012

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 25, 2012 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 6198


July 25, 2012

(for herself and Mr. Kucinich) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To protect the civil rights of victims of gender-motivated violence and to promote public safety, health, and regulate activities affecting interstate commerce by creating employer liability for negligent conduct that results in an individual’s committing a gender-motivated crime of violence against another individual on premises controlled by the employer, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Give Workplace Gender Violence Victims Their Day in Court Act of 2012.


Negligently allowing gender-motivated violence

An employer—


whose business is in or affects interstate or foreign commerce; and


whose negligent conduct results in a person’s (including a person who acts under color of statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage of any State) committing a crime of violence motivated by gender against another person on premises under the control of the employer;

shall be liable to the party injured, in an action for the recovery of compensatory and punitive damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, and such other relief as a court may deem appropriate.


As used in this Act—


the term crime of violence motivated by gender means a crime of violence committed because of gender or on the basis of gender; and


the term crime of violence


means an act or series of acts that would constitute a crime, for which imprisonment of more than one year may be imposed, against the person of another if that crime is a crime of violence as defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code; and


includes any conduct that would constitute a crime described in subparagraph (A) but for the relationship between the person engaging in that conduct and the individual against whom such conduct is directed.


Limitation and procedure



Nothing in this Act entitles a person to a cause of action under section 1 for random acts of violence unrelated to gender or for acts that cannot be demonstrated, by a preponderance of the evidence, to be motivated by gender.


No prior criminal action

Nothing in this section requires a prior criminal complaint, prosecution, or conviction to establish the elements of a cause of action under section 1.


Concurrent jurisdiction

The Federal and State courts shall have concurrent jurisdiction over actions brought pursuant to this Act.


Materials to assist employers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shall create and provide materials to employers regarding personnel policies and safety standards to assist employers in avoiding liability under this Act.