Kuster Cosponsors Bill Aimed at Combatting Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, announced that she is cosponsoring a bill introduced by Congressman Gregg Harper (MS-03) that aims to combat sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. The bill will increase transparency in the reporting, resolution and settlement process, and will protect victims’ identities and provide options for House employees who come forward.
“If Congress is serious about ending sexual harassment and sexual violence in our country then we must lead by example and improve the reporting process on Capitol Hill,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Currently, House employees who come forward face unacceptable setbacks and obstacles, while perpetrators are too often shielded. This bill prioritizes victims and their rights and ensures taxpayers are not footing the bill for harassment claims paid by Members of Congress. Employees face too many hurdles in workplaces across the country and this bill will signal that elected officials are serious about making change for all workers.”
Earlier this month, Kuster helped introduce similar legislation, the Me Too Congress Act, which will require more transparency, overhaul the flawed harassment complaint process, and provide better support for victims and whistleblowers.