DelBene Supports Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training, Calls for Further Action
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today supported a House measure requiring members of Congress and staff to complete anti-harassment training. H.Res. 630 passed by voice vote.
“I don’t care if you’re a Member of Congress, a Supreme Court Justice or the President of the United States – we should have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment in our government – just as we should in every aspect of society,” DelBene said. “There should absolutely be mandatory anti-harassment training in Congress and I think this is important for all organizations.”
DelBene supports further action to update congressional workplace policies, such as the bipartisan #MeToo Congress Act, which would overhaul the Office of Compliance filing process, making the counseling and mediation process optional and increase transparency by requiring lawmakers accused of harassment to pay back the taxpayers.
This week, DelBene also plans to introduce the Stop Tax Breaks for Sexual Misconduct Act to end tax breaks that currently allow corporations to deduct expenses associated with instances of sexual misconduct by their employees.