While You Were Distracted With Christmas, Senate Released How Many Harassment Settlements It Paid Out

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by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

While you and I were enjoying the celebrations and time with family surrounding a time often established to remember the Incarnation of the Son of God to save sinners, the US Senate quietly released a report stating how many harassment settlements it has paid out.

The report was released on behalf of the US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, on behalf of Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (R-Minn.), and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, on behalf of Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

According to the Office of Compliance, the Senate has paid $1.5 million on workplace harassment settlements since 1998.

The largest settlements were applied to race discrimination.

Here’s the breakdown from the report.

Settlements Arising from Claims against Member-led Senate Employing Offices

Claims

Settlement Amount

Age and race discrimination and reprisal $8,964

Reprisal $9,000

Disability discrimination, FMLA violation, and reprisal $9,000

Age discrimination $9,618.60

Race discrimination $12,456

Sex discrimination, FLSA violation, and reprisal $14,260.25

Age discrimination and reprisal $15,000

Age discrimination and reprisal $15,500

Age and disability discrimination and FMLA violation $20,800

Age discrimination $54,000

Age and disability discrimination, FMLA violation, and reprisal $60,000

Age and national origin discrimination and reprisal $102,903.62

FMLA and FLSA violations $267,750

TOTAL: 13 settlements

$599,252.47

 

Settlements Arising from Claims against Other Senate Employing Offices

Claims

Settlement Amount

Sex discrimination and reprisal $4,000

Disability discrimination and FMLA violation $9,750

Age, sex, and disability discrimination $10,000

Race discrimination $10,000

Race, age, and disability discrimination, FLSA violation, and reprisal $15,300

FMLA violation and reprisal $30,000

Disability discrimination, FLSA and FMLA violations, and reprisal $30,450

Sex and disability discrimination and FMLA violation $42,000

Disability discrimination $280,500

Race discrimination and reprisal $421,225

TOTAL: 10 settlements

$853,225

“Harassment in the workplace should not be tolerated under any circumstances, but particularly not in the United States Senate,” said Chairman Shelby of the Senate Rules Committee. “While the Rules Committee has been eager to provide this information in a transparent manner, it has been our priority to protect the victims involved in these settlements from further harm. I am pleased that we have received assurances from Senate Legal Counsel that the release of this data does not violate confidentiality and as such, are able to make it public.”

How about the names of those who were involved in the harassment?  Why aren’t those names forthcoming?  Those should receive no protection as they are employees of the people, and since the peopel are getting stuck with the bill of a settlement for harassment that their employees are accused of, we have a right to know who that money covered.

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