Feds have received $17M in settlement payments for abuse
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 28, 2017
The Congressional Office of Compliance has reported that $17 million has been paid to federal employees to settle on the job harassment claims.
Susan Tsui Grundmann, executive director of the Office of Compliance released the numbers after receiving multiple media inquiries about taxpayers’ money being used to cover the costs of settling sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers and legislative branch employees.
“…based on the volume of recent inquiries regarding payment of awards and settlements reached under the CAA, I am releasing these figures beginning with Fiscal Year 1997, up to and including FY 2017,” Grundmann said in a statement.
The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA), was created to make lawmakers subject to the same workplace laws against harassment and discrimination as civilians.
Although there are some of the fine-print provisions, such as mandating that settlements be secret and having taxpayers pick up the tab that are questionable.
Read the full report here.