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Sexual harassment policies at state Capitol need review, lawmakers say

Sexual harassment policies at state Capitol need review, lawmakers say

The irony of accused sexual predators working on Capitol Hill, says Rios, is that many Republicans hurriedly condemned U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, and demanded that he step aside, when the first accusations of sexual misconduct were raised against him.

"We do know that there's about $15 million that has been paid out by the House on behalf of harassers in the last 10 to 15 years", she added.

However, when asked how many members were involved in cases, Speier said she did not know the specific answer. During her testimony, the Democrat also outlined the lengthy, cumbersome process a victim of sexual harassment now has to undergo if they decide to report the behavior to Congress's Office of Compliance. "Since I shared my own story on #MeTooCongress I've heard from survivors that they have been personally, professionally, emotionally and financially destroyed by the current process".

Currently, 80 percent of victims that come forward with sexual harassment claims choose not to move forward with the formal process of filing a complaint with the Office of Compliance, frequently citing the antiquated methods imposed by the OOC.

A staffer from either chamber can file a complaint with the Office of Compliance to begin a 30-day legal counseling period followed by mandatory 30-day mediation and 30-day "cooling off" periods. "Are you kidding me?"

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Meanwhile, Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP rep: Virginia defeat "a referendum" on Trump administration After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Pence: Praying "takes nothing away" from trying to figure out causes behind mass shooting MORE (R-Wis.) announced Tuesday afternoon that he would require all House members and staff to undergo anti-harassment training.

"One member of Congress has settled a claim and there has been a taxpayer settlement", Speier told Chuck Todd on MSNBC's "MTP Daily". There's no one place that you go.

A day of reckoning could be coming soon to Capitol Hill, where female lawmakers are accusing their male colleagues of brazen sexual misconduct.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who sponsored H.R. 4396, joined Costello and Poliquin in introducing the bill earlier this week. Barbara Comstock's testimony of incidents of sexual harassment that House members and their staffs will now be required to take mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. Al Franken after broadcaster Leeann Tweeden came forward with allegations that he groped and kissed her without her consent while she was sleeping backstage during a USO overseas tour in 2006.


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