U.S. Congress has different rules regarding the reporting of sexual harassment than other federal workplaces.

U.S. Congress has different rules regarding the reporting of sexual harassment than other federal workplaces.

In recent weeks, the #MeToo social media campaign has brought widespread attention to the sexual harassment that takes place at work. Now, a new hashtag, #MeTooCongress, launched by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), is calling attention to a more specific workplace: the halls of Congress. Many on the Hill say an “old boys’ club” attitude permeates their workplace and the entity that handles harassment complaints, the Office of Compliance (OOC), is little-known by staffers and hindered by unique rules that weaken its effectiveness. New measures introduced by Speier and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) hope to address the problem by strengthening the OOC and extending the workplace protections that other federal workers receive. Kojo explores sexual harassment with Norton, the OOC Executive Director and a writer who used to cover Congress.

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  • Eleanor Holmes Norton Delegate, U.S. House of Representatives (D-DC); @EleanorNorton
  • Rebecca Gale Contributing Writer, Slate's Better Life Lab; @Beckgale‏
  • Susan Grundmann Executive Director, Office of Compliance, United States Congress; @LegBranch_OOC

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