ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed the state set up a sexual harassment hotline for state employees during his state budget address Tuesday .
The hotline proposal comes after former WNY Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak resigned in disgrace following allegations by 7 former and current female staffers that he sexual harassed them. It was just the latest state lawmaker accused of sexual harassment.
Gabryszak's accusers say they tried to inform their supervisors of the alleged harassment, but nothing happened.
Many have criticized the Assembly for not having a better protocol in place to handle complaints.
2 On Your Side obtained a copy of the Assembly's sexual harassment policy, which lists "supervisors", "unit heads", and "intake representatives". However, it does not give employees a specific name, address or phone number.
Linda Korn, an attorney who specializes in sexual harassment law, didn't want to comment on the Assembly's policy, but said in general, employers should want to make it as easy as possible for potential victims to come forward.
"In best practices, some people employ an 800 number -- which companies offer -- so that somebody who is really stressed (can), from the comfort of their home... call this number and make the complaint outside of work where nobody can see them (and) where they feel comfortable," Korn said.
In a statement, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's spokesperson said, ""We would support any way to encourage employees throughout state government to come forward so that they can feel comfortable making complaints and help ensure safe work environments."