Nov 15, 2017

House to require anti-sexual harassment training

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Speaker Ryan said "that the House will require anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and their staffs," AP reports. "The announcement came just hours after a hearing in which two female lawmakers spoke about sexual misconduct involving sitting members of Congress."

"The move comes days after the Senate unanimously approved a measure requiring all senators, staff and interns to be trained on preventing sexual harassment."

  • "During a House Administration hearing [yesterday] on sexual harassment prevention, Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., said she was recently told about a staffer who quit her job after a lawmaker asked her to bring work material to his house, then exposed himself."
  • "At the same hearing, Rep. Jackie Speier [D-Calif.] said two current lawmakers have been involved in sexual harassment."
  • Why it matters: "With each passing day, new revelations of sexual misconduct continue to rock the political sphere."

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