House to require training vs. sexual harassment

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday announced that the House will adopt "mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training" for lawmakers and staff after a hearing earlier Tuesday on a bill that would make such training mandatory.

"As we work with the Administration, Ethics, and Rules committees to implement mandatory training, we will continue our review to make sure the right policies and resources are in place to prevent and report harassment", he said.

"That kind of situation, what are we doing here for women, right now, who are dealing with someone like that?" All they ask as staff members is to be able to work in a hostile-free work environment.

In marked contrast to the television and film industries these days, in which sexual harassers are losing jobs and lucrative contracts, the House of Representatives today responded to testimony that two of its current members are known sexual harassers with the announcement that all members must go through mandatory training on how not to sexually harass people. "In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now, who ... have engaged in sexual harassment".

Comstock said the name of the lawmaker she mentioned wasn't disclosed to her, but emphasized that naming names is an important step in promoting accountability and encouraging victims to come forward.

During a hearing by the House Administration Committee on Tuesday, Reps.

A Republican congresswoman says she was recently told by a trusted source that a member of Congress exposed himself to a staffer. "They want the system fixed, and the perpetrators held accountable", Speier said. But he expressed concern that the increasing focus on gender hostility in the workplace could create unintended consequences, including "that some offices may just take a short cut and not hire women as a way to avoid these issues".

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