Curbelo Applauds House Passage of Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training As A First Step Toward Safer Workplace on Capitol Hill
Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement after unanimous House passage of legislation requiring annual sexual harassment training by Members of Congress and staff:
“Today is an important first step toward a safer workplace here in the Congress. Representing the American people as a Member of Congress and working on their behalf as a congressional staffer is a privilege, and all those with that honor need to show one another respect. While I’m grateful for this mandate today, we need to do more to strengthen House harassment policies to ensure they not only better protect victims, but also stop allowing those in power to hide behind nondisclosure agreements and unacceptable payouts of taxpayer dollars to protect harassers. I hope House leaders will continue to work with Members to bring stronger legislation, like the ME TOO Congress Act I co-sponsored, to the floor so we can ensure the House of Representatives is an example of the kind of workplace all American businesses can aspire to be.”
Curbelo is a co-sponsor of the Member and Employee Training and Oversight On Congress (ME TOO Congress) Act. The legislation reform the harassment process on Capitol Hill and ban the requirement for non-disclosure agreements, which mask the names of harassers. The bill would also order Members of Congress to pay the costs of settlement deals with their victims, costs which are currently footed by taxpayers.