Congress Votes To Publicly Name Lawmakers Involved In Sexual Harassment Complaints
The new deal blows everything up, extending protections to accusers instead of the accused. First off, it eliminates allowing lawmakers to use taxpayer money to fund settlements. Instead, members will be personally liable in these cases, even if they eventually leave office, and directs the claims to the Ethics Committee. The legislation also gives accusers to choose whether they want to participate in the cool-off period or pursue action right away. Before,
unpaid staff such as interns were not protected by the complaint system, leaving them vulnerable. The legislation changes that. Another important victory for transparency is that awards and settlement will need to be publicly reported, which will include naming the lawmakers involved in complaints.