Brenda Lawrence Wants Sexual Harassment Training to be Mandatory on Capitol Hill
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) on Thursday introduced the Congressional Sexual Harassment Training Act, which would require every congressional office to enroll employees in training to prevent sexual harassment. The Office of Compliance (OOC), which enforces workplace protection laws for the legislative branch, already offers sexual harassment training about employees’ rights and recourses, but it is not mandatory. Currently, executive branch employees must complete anti-harassment training every two years, while only ethics and cybersecurity trainings are mandatory for congressional offices. “As a former human resources manager and certified Equal Employment Opportunity investigator for a federal agency, I care deeply about preventing and responding to sexual harassment in federal workplaces,” said Lawrence. “We must take this small, first step to support our employees’ rights and serve as an example to the nation.” More here.