Issues That Matter: Combatting Sexual Harassment & Descrimination

Originally posted in WFW Weekly Wins, Vol. 1
February 15, 2018

On February 6, the House of Representatives passed a resolution requiring every office in the House of Representatives to develop an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy. And it was bipartisan!

Who sponsored the bill:

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) with Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), and other members as co-sponsors.

What it does for employees:

Gives victims a dedicated advocate, and ensures that every office in the House of Representatives has an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy.

What it does for Members of Congress:

Ensures due process for members accused of harassment; but also says that if a Member of Congress is harassed by another Member, that’s a violation of the House’s Code of Conduct.

What it does for taxpayers:

Provides transparency by publishing settlement information online; and violators need to repay any settlements paid for out of taxpayer funds.

What comes next:

Enactment. As the resolution only applied to the House of Representatives, the Senate and the President do not need to weigh in.

Where you can learn more: House Administration Committee, CNN, Time, NBC, Buzzfeed, The Hill.

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