Actresses Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Lawmakers Discuss CA Sexual Harassment Law

Actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette joined California lawmakers,and women's rights advocates Thursday to express support for new laws to combat sexual harassment.

California laws taking effect in January include a statute that provides protections to workers who accuses someone of inappropriate behavior. 

Sorvino and Arquette, both of whom accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, have called for greater protections from harassment, including the California legislation.

"We should all be able to pursue our dreams and provide a living for our family, no matter what field we're in," Sorvino said. 

They were joined at Thursday's event by actress Chantal Cousineau, who testified in support of California's sexual harassment laws. 

"The truth came out, and our leaders heard our battle cry," said Cousineau.

One of the laws taking effect in California in January is AB 2770. Signed by the governor in July, the law protects workers from defamation lawsuits when they make accusations of inappropriate behavior as long as it's done in good faith.

"We are making change, we are making progress," Sorvino said. "We want employers to know they may no longer coerce people through paperwork to stay silent."

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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