Larson Supports Anti-Harassment/Anti-Discrimination Resolution
Washington, D.C. – Today, H.Res. 630 passed the House in a unanimous voice vote. This Resolution requires each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a program of training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress.
“Harassment and discrimination have absolutely no place in our workplaces, let alone our society. If we truly intend to make a difference on this issue, we need to lead by example and ensure that every employee in Congress feels safe in their place of work. Both Members and staff should be made aware of the rules of conduct in their workplace, and efficient channels must be in place to assist victims with reporting, if an incident of harassment or discrimination does occur. While this is a step forward, this resolution is the bare minimum. Congress needs to do more to ensure that victims have all the resources to come forward, to ensure transparency, and can do so in a safe environment, without fear of retaliation. That is why I encourage Congress to take up the Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act (H.R. 4396),” said Larson. “This goes beyond Congress. We have a cultural issue, that impacts all of society, and Congress must lead on this in order to advance an open discussion on how best to foster environments free of discrimination and harassment.”