Indications of momentum for mandatory anti-harassment education on Capitol Hill

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Signs of momentum for mandatory anti-harassment training on Capitol Hill


Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif. ) confer during a listening to on Oct. 18, 2017. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg)

A push for making anti-sexual-harassment training mandatory on Capitol Hill gathered momentum this week right after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) urged co-workers to apply the policy to all workers of the upper chamber.

“I am convinced that sexual harassment training is vitally important to maintaining a respectful and productive working environment in Congress,” Grassley wrote to the leaders from the Senate Rules Committee in a notice Tuesday.

“Therefore, I respectfully request that the Committee on Rules and Administration consider the immediate implementation of a policy requiring all new Senate employees . . . as well as all current employees who have not yet received it” to undergo “online or in-person sexual harassment training,” he wrote.

Grassley’s validation could accelerate a change in plan on Capitol Hill, where brand new stories of sexual harassment (

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