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Statehouse Sexual Harassment

Statehouse Sexual Harassment

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Legislator Who Stood Up to Sexism in '73 Sees Some Progress

November 7, 2017

Even as sexual harassment allegations explode in statehouses around the country, Senfronia Thompson, now 78, says that in Austin’s pink granite Capitol, she doesn’t see male lawmakers and lobbyists harass women like they did 44 years ago.

Sexual Harassment Training Lacking in Many Statehouses

November 15, 2017

In most of the state capitols recently roiled by allegations of sexual assault or harassment, lawmakers have not been receiving regular anti-harassment training.

Statehouse Sexual Harassment Tally: At Least 18 Lawmakers Gone or Punished

December 26, 2017

The movement that has empowered women across the country to levy sexual assault and harassment allegations against powerful men continues to snowball, causing an uprising in many industries, including state politics.

Taxpayers Don’t Want to Pay for Lawmakers’ Sexual Misdeeds, But Alternatives Pose Problems

February 8, 2018

Holding individual lawmakers, and not the government, responsible for sexual harassment might lessen the incentive for legislatures to train and police their own.

Why Statehouse Interns Are Especially Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment

February 21, 2018

The federal Civil Rights Act doesn’t protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment if they aren’t employees. As accusations pile up, lawmakers are searching for ways to keep their most vulnerable workers safe.

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