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Gillibrand Pushes Stricter Sexual Harassment Safeguards for Congressional Offices

Gillibrand Pushes Stricter Sexual Harassment Safeguards for Congressional Offices
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By    |   Friday, 03 November 2017 02:55 PM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. will propose stricter sexual harassment safeguards on Capitol Hill as the number of reports detailing misconduct by lawmakers and aides increases, Politico is reporting.

"Congress should never be above the law or play by their own set of rules," Gillibrand said. "The current process has little accountability and even less sensitivity to victims of sexual harassment.

"We must ensure that this institution handles complaints to create an environment where staffers can come forward if something happens to them without having to fear that it will ruin their careers."

Her proposal would permit congressional interns to use into the same system for filing harassment cases as full-time employees. It also would mandate every congressional office to post information about employees' rights, according to Politico.

The Office of Compliance, which oversees workplace misconduct complaints in Congress, would undergo a major overhaul under Gillibrand’s proposal, Politico reported..

Word of Gillibrand’s proposal came after The Associated Press reported former Reps. Mary Bono, R-Calif., and Hilda Solis, D-Calif., as well as former Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. and current Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. had said they experienced sexual harassment while in office.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. will propose stricter sexual harassment safeguards on Capitol Hill as the number of reports detailing misconduct by lawmakers and aides increases, Politico is reporting.
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