The US Senate has unanimously passed legislation that overhauls sexual harassment system on Capitol Hill by stepping up protections for congressional employees facing inappropriate workplace behavior.
Approved by voice vote on Thursday, the bipartisan legislation eliminated mandatory waiting periods for handling sexual harassment complaints and required lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers.
The bill would make public the harassment settlements and the lawmakers involved, also providing the accuser with “confidential advisors” rather than employer-provided legal counsel.Items
“Hardworking taxpayers should not foot the bill for a member’s misconduct, and victims should not have to navigate a system that stands in the way of accountability,” Republican Senator Roy Blunt said in a statement with Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Klobuchar said that “we are…