Since the 1990s, workplaces throughout the United States have implemented training methods to protect employees from sexual harassment by co-workers and managers. In fact, roughly 60 percent of corporations in the United States are required to train employees to identify the various forms of sexual harassment, subtle or not subtle. Such training should include telling employees whom they should contact to bring a complaint.
However, sexual harassment training is currently not required for members of the United States House of Representatives or the House staff. Trying to change that state of affairs is San Mateo’s Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
“This is not a frat house,” said Speier, referring to the House of Representatives. She recently spoke on the House floor, urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would require House members and their staff to go through sexual harassment training every two years. The Senate reportedly already has such training available.
The congresswoman’s call to action comes after a freshman representative from Louisiana was caught on video kissing a woman who is thought to be one of his staff members. The congressman is married and has five children.
Californians undoubtedly haven’t yet forgotten the many sexual harassment allegations leveled against former San Diego mayor Bob Filner. Also a former congressman, Filner was recently set free from house arrest in connection with various offenses.
At any level, and whether it’s in the public or private sector, sexual harassment should have no place in the work environment. If you are being harassed at work, you need to know that you are not alone, and there is legal support available to end the humiliation and hostility.
Source: 89.3 KPCC, “Rep. Speier proposes sexual harassment training for the House of Representatives,” Kitty Felde, April 8, 2014