DearColleague.us

Letter

Edward Markey

From the office of:

Edward Markey

From: The Honorable Jackie Speier
Sent By: james.pollack@mail.house.gov
Date: 9/30/2015

Current Cosponsors: Scott Peters

You don’t have to look hard each Congress to find allegations of sexual harassment in the headlines. While they are the exception, not the rule, it is an embarrassment to this institution that some Members have “sexted” teenage pages on the floor. It is unacceptable that others have groped and inappropriately touched their staff members. This behavior is illegal and unacceptable in the private sector, and it is illegal and unacceptable here.

Some cases involve members, and others involve staffers. No matter the harasser or harassed, all Members and staff should know their rights, the resources available, and their responsibilities in responding to allegations of sexual harassment. The Office of Compliance currently offers a voluntary training, but no one takes advantage of this important resource. In fact, before my staff requested training, the Office of Compliance said no member had ever asked for sexual harassment training without a report of sexual harassment occurring within their office. No wonder this keeps happening. Sexual harassment training is already mandatory for the executive branch agencies, and it has proven to result in a significant reduction in the number of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. It’s time for the House to follow suit.

That’s why I’m introducing a resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training for Members, officers, and employees of the House as a component of annual ethics training.  This is not a Democratic issue, and this is not a Republican issue. This is a House issue.

If you would like to join this resolution as an original cosponsor or have any questions, please contact James Pollack at james.pollack@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-3531 by COB October 1, 2015.

All the Best,

Jackie Speier
Member of Congress