Summary: S.2988 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.2988. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (06/05/2018)

Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace Harassment through Education and Reporting Act - Part 2 or the EMPOWER Act - Part 2

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to modify the tax treatment of expenses and payments related to workplace harassment and employment discrimination.

The bill prohibits a tax deduction for amounts paid or incurred by the taxpayer:

  • pursuant to any judgment or award in litigation related to workplace harassment, including sexual harassment;
  • for expenses and attorney's fees in connection with the litigation resulting in the judgment or award (other than expenses or fees paid by the workplace harassment plaintiff or claimant); or
  • for insurance covering the defense or liability of the underlying claims in the litigation.

The bill also: (1) excludes from gross income amounts received in connection with a judgment, award, or settlement related to workplace harassment, including sexual harassment or other unlawful discrimination; and (2) limits the taxation of and the application of the alternative minimum tax to compensation received under a settlement or judgment for employment discrimination.