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In response to sexual harassment and groping allegations being made by numerous congressional staffers, The Congressional Office Of Compliance has released information about settlements made to cover these types of settlements.
An annual breakdown of the harassment settlements includes over $17 million that was awarded to harassment victims during the past 10 years (1997 to 2017). A total of 268 settlements have been made. The payments averaged just under $400,000 per victim in 2002. In 2017 there were payments of just under $1 million, which were paid out to 8 victims. It is important to note, however, that this total figure includes all settlements, including racial, religious, and disability-related discrimination, not just sexual harassment. Currently, there are no figures that identify the number of each type of case, though Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who created a bill meant to reform the OOC, is pushing to get those figures released.
Upon the release of these figures, which, according to OCC executive director Susan Tsui Grundmann, was in response to a large volume of recent inquiries about the payments, these cases originated from numerous legislative branch offices, though not the House or the Senate. Additionally, there are those who are looking at the actions of the OCC, with some lawmakers and Hill aides saying that its policies are out-of-date and so do not sufficiently protect victims who file complaints.
The release comes as part of a growing trend of women coming forward to expose inappropriate actions by powerful men, including an allegation against Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who was accused of sexually harassing an attractive, young news anchor while on a Middle East USO entertainment tour in 2006.

According to a CNN article, in addition to the sharing of the financial records of harassment settlements, Congress is looking at a new bill that would change the way sexual harassment complaints are both reported and resolved.
One of the big issues for taxpayers should be the fact that it is they who have paid for these settlements, not the lawmakers who commit the crimes. The payments technically come from a special fund within the U.S. Treasury, which was set up as part of the Congressional Accountability Act, a 1995 law which also created the Office of Compliance.
It is important to note that, while it is helpful to have the figures that were released by the OCC, this does not tell the entire tale of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, as around 80% of people, according to one CNN article, do not file a complaint at all.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Is it turning into a witch hunt or are there serious issues that need to be addressed. Let us know your thoughts in the comments, below.


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