House spent over $340k in taxpayer dollars on discrimination suits

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The House of Representatives used $342,000 in taxpayer funds to settle 15 cases of various workplace discrimination accusations between 2008 and 2012, according to new data released on Tuesday by the House Administration Committee. It includes the use of more than $174,000 to make settlements for eight sexual harassment and sex discrimination accusations.

Why it matters: This is a small fraction of the more than $17 million that the Office of Compliance has paid out over the past 20 years to federal employees for violations of various employment rules.