ALBANY —The state Senate has passed legislation that strengthens sexual harrasement in the workplace laws , state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, announced Monday. Griffo cosponsored the legislation.

The bill would prevent individuals from engaging in misconduct that creates a hostile work environment in either the public or private sectors and encourage victims to come forward.

The reforms passed include: establishing a statutory definition of sexual harassment; prohibiting the anonymity of the accused in court-approved settlements and banning mandatory sexual harassment arbitration clauses; prohibiting confidentiality agreements unless the victim requests confidentiality; expanding protections to independent contractors; creating uniform policies for all branches of state and local government; and protecting hardworking taxpayers from paying for public sector harassment settlements.

The Senate legislation mirrors much of the proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the release states.

The bill will now be sent to the assembly.