Dem Proposes Ending Congressional Exemptions From Harassment Laws


Dem proposes ending congressional exemptions from harassment laws

Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s representative in Congress, wants to ensure that Capitol Hill staffers have the same legal protections against sexual harassment that apply in other workplaces.
Norton, the first woman to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has introduced legislation to subject Congress to the same civil rights, health and safety standards that already apply to federal agencies and the private sector.
The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 established workplace safety laws for the legislative branch, but doesn’t require Capitol Hill offices to adhere to certain notice and training requirements.
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