Recently published statistics show taxpayers paid more than $342,000 to pay discrimination in the workplace, disputes in the house of the legislature, the offices of the between 2008 and 2012, including nearly $175,000 for eight settlements in relation to sexual harassment and sex discrimination allegations.
The new figures were released on Tuesday by the house, the Office of Compliance, the taxpayer-financed office that handles the often secret payouts to employees. The information show the three previously unknown settlements for sexual harassment. It does not identify the legislators, the offices of the participants or the name of the Prosecutor. It was not clear whether the cases involved the allegations against a Deputy or a member of your staff.
The Office of Compliance previously released the latest statistics, revealed that a single $84,000 sexual harassment for payment on the account of Rep. Blake Farenthold. Before the announcement that he will not run for re-election, Farenthold, the amount of his settlement promised to pay back.
The new data show, the distributions in the total amount of $342,225.85 for member-led offices, including approximately $115,000 in three sexual harassment complaints in the four-year period paid to settle. To pay over $53,000 was paid for, five cases of discrimination on grounds of sex.
The statistics also show an additional $12,240 paid, age and race discrimination and retaliation application for a non-member, led office on Capitol Hill.
Revelations and allegations of misconduct in the political sphere, continues to roil Capitol Hill.
In the last month, six legislators were forced to resign, retire or abandon plans to re-election after each was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior: repetition. Farenthold, Ruben said Kihuen, and Joe Barton, they will not run again, while Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, and Reps. Trent Franks from Arizona, and John Conyers of Michigan announced their resignations.
The Congress continues with the reform, what has long been known as a “boys club” environment, the two chambers have agreed to mandatory training on sexual harassment programs for all members and their employees. In addition, bills have been introduced to eliminate mandatory provisions annexed to the confidentiality of mediation, and require the members to repay settlements made with tax money.
On Tuesday, the Committee on House Administration of the provisions adopted for the implementation of the training for at least one hour, cover the prevention of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and to come in person, or via interactive webinar or video conference for employees in the district offices outside of Washington. In addition, each office is required to post a sign, outline provisions for the protection of employees under the Congressional Accountability Act, and participate in a climate survey.
The statistics are not any harassment of the distribution of members and their offices to be published by the Office of Compliance. In Conyers’ case, the legislator, a former aide $27,000 out of his own congressional budget office, raising questions about paid, how often payments are made virtually untraceable.