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    Taxpayers on the hook for Congressional sexual harassment

    Equal treatment for lawmakers? Don’t count on it.
    A little-known law has been on the books for more than a decade that gives anyone accusing a federal lawmaker of sexual harassment the right to sue – but only if they consent to a lengthy drawn-out process that includes a written statement within 180 days of the incident, 30 days of counseling and another month or so of mediation.

    During that time, the claimant’s employer will be notified. The lawmaker’s identity, however, will remain confidential even if he or she is found guilty.

    Should there be a settlement – and there have been many – it’s the American taxpayer that’s on the hook, with “no public disclosure and no consequences for the harasser,” said California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier.
    “The so-called process was clearly drafted to protect the institution rather than the most vulnerable,” Speier told Fox News in a statement. “Survivors have to sign a never-ending nondisclosure agreement just to start the complaint process, which is unheard of in the private sector, then continue to work in their office alongside their harasser.”
    The money comes from a special U.S. Treasury fund – and the payouts are kept quiet. That means, those found to be at fault are publicly shielded and don’t have to pay a penny out of pocket for settlement costs.

    Taxpayer piggy bank lets Congress settle sexual harassment cases in secret | Fox News

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    so I'm guessing these rules were written by a bunch of men.
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    This is insanity

    Expose them. Democrat or republican. Scum bags the lot of them

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    Yeah, this is just more of the protections we see people in power build for themselves.

    It's obscene.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
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    And replace it with exactly what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    Equal treatment for lawmakers? Don’t count on it.
    A little-known law has been on the books for more than a decade that gives anyone accusing a federal lawmaker of sexual harassment the right to sue – but only if they consent to a lengthy drawn-out process that includes a written statement within 180 days of the incident, 30 days of counseling and another month or so of mediation.

    During that time, the claimant’s employer will be notified. The lawmaker’s identity, however, will remain confidential even if he or she is found guilty.

    Should there be a settlement – and there have been many – it’s the American taxpayer that’s on the hook, with “no public disclosure and no consequences for the harasser,” said California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier.
    “The so-called process was clearly drafted to protect the institution rather than the most vulnerable,” Speier told Fox News in a statement. “Survivors have to sign a never-ending nondisclosure agreement just to start the complaint process, which is unheard of in the private sector, then continue to work in their office alongside their harasser.”
    The money comes from a special U.S. Treasury fund – and the payouts are kept quiet. That means, those found to be at fault are publicly shielded and don’t have to pay a penny out of pocket for settlement costs.

    Taxpayer piggy bank lets Congress settle sexual harassment cases in secret | Fox News
    To the tune of $15 Million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    so I'm guessing these rules were written by a bunch of men.
    I am guessing you would be right, but now the women are moving in to take charge. Nancy was the first,who will be the first Senate Leader? Warren,Gilliland? Klobucher?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    And replace it with exactly what?
    A system that doesn't cover for and pay out on behalf of a bunch of fucking creeps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    A system that doesn't cover for and pay out on behalf of a bunch of fucking creeps.
    Agree the system totally needs to change. But to be fair that 15 million also has covers a lot of different things


    A spokesperson for Speier later clarified to The Hill that the $15 million figure provided by the Office of Compliance (OOC) applied to all types of complaints handled by the office in the fiscal period between 1997 and 2016. These include not just complaints relating to sexual harassment, but also to complaints regarding racial and religious discrimination, as well as discrimination against people with disabilities, according to the spokesperson.

    Dem lawmaker says House paid out $15M in harassment settlements | TheHill

    Then again at Capital Hill the process to file a sexual harassment complaint is insane. That needs to be changed as well.
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