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Old October 28th, 2017, 10:04 AM   #1
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How Congress plays by different rules

This time it's in the area of sexual harassment.

Read this and just shake your head.

How Congress plays by different rules on sexual harassment and misconduct

... If Whitehouse [name of complainant] had chosen to pursue a complaint against the senator, she would have discovered a process unlike other parts of the federal government or much of the private sector. Her complaint likely would have been thrown out because interns have limited harassment protections under the unique employment law that Congress applies to itself.

Congress makes its own rules about the handling of sexual complaints against members and staff, passing laws exempting it from practices that apply to other employers.

The result is a culture in which some lawmakers suspect harassment is rampant. Yet victims are unlikely to come forward, according to attorneys who represent them.

Under a law in place since 1995, accusers may file lawsuits only if they first agree to go through months of counseling and mediation. A special congressional office is charged with trying to resolve the cases out of court.

When settlements do occur, members do not pay them from their own office funds, a requirement in other federal agencies. Instead, the confidential payments come out of a special U.S. Treasury fund.

Congressional employees have received small settlements, compared with the amounts some public figures pay out. Between 1997 and 2014, the U.S. Treasury has paid $15.2 million in 235 awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations, according to the congressional Office of Compliance. The statistics do not break down the exact nature of the violations. ...
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Old October 28th, 2017, 12:47 PM   #2
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Culture?? Did you say CULTURE?? Oh, no no no. There is no CULTURE--no rape culture--no harassment culture--no misogyny culture. How do I know??

Guy/Kek/Coke told me.
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Old October 28th, 2017, 02:09 PM   #3
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Capitalism is to blame for this.
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