Legislature takes steps to crackdown on sexual harassment

Legislature takes steps to crackdown on sexual harassment
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Legislature takes steps to crackdown on sexual harassment

Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan releases statement detailing steps to be taken by the Illinois House of Representatives on sexual harassment issues

Statement from Speaker Madigan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Tuesday

“Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace. For a number of years, every member of the House has been required to certify that they develop and enforce a sexual harassment policy for their offices and staff. They will continue to do so. However, we can and should do more to ensure no individual is the target of sexual harassment in the Capitol or anywhere else.

“Because harassment thrives in silence, we are continually working to eliminate all forms of harassment from our Statehouse and our legislative offices. With this in mind, we will be advancing legislation that will require everyone—from legislators, to staff, to lobbyists—to complete yearly comprehensive sexual harassment training. We will also be requiring lobbyists develop and submit their own sexual harassment policies, just as legislators currently do.

“I have directed staff to conduct a thorough review of all existing policies related to this issue and to continue identifying further changes that can and should be made.”

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