Feds have received $17M in settlement payments for abuse

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.

Reader comments

Sun, Dec 17, 2017


Wed, Dec 6, 2017

Instead of taking tax payer funds to pay victims of abuse, it should come out of the pockets of those found guilty. Congress and Senate did you see what your ratings are, pretty low but what do you expect from self-serving liars.

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 John Columbus, Ohio

Right. Just like workplace laws against harassment for civilians. ...Except this is kept secret and it is not the perpetrators that pay for their transgressions as they would in a civilian case but instead us, the taxpayers. So much for accountability in Congress!

Wed, Nov 29, 2017

Nice! My wife worked for the USPS for 14 years before she was forced to quit because she could no longer endure sexual harassment by a co-worker that management refused to reign in! All she got out of it was a panic disorder!

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