Esty Statement on House Passage of Resolution to Require Sexual Harassment Training for Members and Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement after the House’s passage of a resolution mandating sexual harassment training for lawmakers and staff in the wake of numerous allegations involving harassment on Capitol Hill:
“I am committed to creating a safe workplace that supports all of my staff, and doesn’t tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind,” Esty said. “For too long, the culture in Washington has accepted entirely unacceptable behavior. That needs to change – period.”
Esty and her staff participated in a mandatory office sexual harassment training session in March, and staff members who have been hired since that session will participate in a training during the first week of December. All staff members are required to take part in yearly training.
Summary of House Sexual Harassment Training Legislation:
- The Resolution requires that all House Members, Officers, employees, including interns, detailees, and fellows, of the House of Representatives shall complete an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training program during each session of Congress.
- Each individual must complete the training within 90 days of the session. For new hires, staff must complete the training within 90 days of their hire date during the session. For the current 115th Congress, each individual shall complete the training no later than 180 days after the second session of Congress begins.
- Each individual will provide their certificate of completion to the Committee on House Administration and the training must be repeated every session of Congress.
- The Resolution tasks the Committee on House Administration with issuing regulations to ensure compliance and transparency. As part of the Committee’s extensive review, these regulations will be drafted and adopted by the Committee within 30 days of enactment of the Resolution.
- Additionally, the Resolution requires the posting of a statement of the rights and protections provided to employees of the House of Representatives under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995