State Representative Calls For Repeal Of Lawsuit Bill

Posted at 10:47 PM, Dec 13, 2017

Could a law passed by the state legislature last year meant to shield some people from lawsuits, actually stop sexual harassment victims from speaking out? 

That's the charge from Democratic lawmakers in the wake of Congresswoman Diane Black (R-Tenn.) new claim she experienced sexual harassment when she served in the state legislature.

Rep. Mike Stewart (D-Nashville) says the legislature needs to repeal a law it passed last year, aimed at reducing frivolous lawsuits aimed at public officials.  The bill forces people who sue public officials to pay their legal fees if they lose in court.

Stewart worries the bill would discourage victims from suing lawmakers, fearing they may lose and be liable for thousands in legal fees.

"If we're doing anything to take sexual harassment seriously, we need to get rid of that law on the first day of the legislative session," Stewart said.