Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif) has given a statement that the House of Representatives used taxpayer money to pay $15 million dollars for harassment settlements over more than a decade. The Office of Compliance (OOC) between 1997 and 2016, has paid off settlements including complaints relating to sexual harassment, but also racial and religious discrimination as well as discrimination against people with disabilities. The spokesperson for the (OOC) office said in a statement: “The OOC does not currently provide any breakdown for the type of discrimination payments made, the amounts of individual payments, or even the offices that the complaints generate from.”
My comment is: “How convenient.” My questions is “Why not?”
The money to pay for these harassment complaints comes out of a special fund operated by the Treasury Department.
I intend to phone the office of (Not my) Buddy Carter and ask if he was involved in any of these settlements. I suggest you do the same for your representative.