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Virtually every day allegations of sexual misconduct towards high-profile journalists, celebrities, and public servants have shaken the nation because the New York Occasions reported sexual assault allegations towards Harvey Weinstein.
Final week, BuzzFeed Information reported on a settlement of sexual harassment allegations towards Rep. John Conyers, the founding father of the Congressional Black Caucus and the longest serving member of the Home. The settlement between Conyers and his accuser — who has since recognized herself as Marion Brown — additionally uncovered extra concerning the actions of a secretive workplace that handles office complaints on Capitol Hill, the Workplace of Compliance. The workplace has stored details about the places of work and lawmakers who’ve been accused of wrongdoing within the office from the general public, regardless of utilizing taxpayer funds for case settlements. Claims to the Workplace of Compliance can vary from racial discrimination, office security complaints, to sexual harassment.
This week, BuzzFeed Information reached out to each congressional workplace and requested whether or not the workplace — to their data — had been the topic of an OOC request or if that they had settled a grievance with any former or present workers members.
Greater than half of the congressional places of work didn’t reply to requests to see if their places of work have been concerned in any OOC requests: particularly, 244 Home places of work didn’t reply for remark, and 49 Senate places of work didn’t reply for remark.
Greater than a 3rd of Home places of work mentioned they hadn’t been the topic of an OOC request they usually had by no means reached a settlement with an worker associated to a request.
Places of work for Reps. Raul Grijalva, Lucille Roybal Allard, Blake Farenthold, and Danny Okay. Davis have all had OOC requests, in response to spokespeople, however none had reached settlements with staff.
Grijalva and Roybal Allard had claims filed towards their places of work however they have been each dropped earlier than settlements have been reached, in response to spokespeople.
Davis mentioned he was the topic of an OOC investigation due to a visit to Azerbaijan reported by the Washington Put up in 2013.
A spokesperson for Farenthold referenced an OOC investigation into the sexual harassment allegations from a former worker that was settled out of court docket in 2015.
Spokespeople for 51 Senate places of work mentioned that the places of work had not been the topic of an OOC request and that that they had not settled any claims with staff, together with a spokesperson for Sen. Al Franken, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by six girls as of Thursday.
In Washington, Molly Hensley-Clancy, Sarah Mimms, Paul McLeod, Alexis Levinson, Lissandra Villa Huerta, Kate Nocera, Tarini Parti, Emma Loop, and Chris Geidner contributed reporting; in New York, Talal Ansari and Matt Berman contributed reporting.