From BizPac Review:
As the Christmas holiday weekend set it, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee released a report revealing the Senate has spent $1.5 million on workplace harassment settlements since 1998.
The data, provided by the Office of Compliance, a little known administrative body that has quietly settled dozens of complaints against congressional offices, provides little by way of details, beyond an itemized list of violations and the corresponding settlement.
The reason why it has taken this long to reveal how many harassment settlements were paid out?
The largest settlements involved instances of race discrimination.
Other harassment cases have involved sex, age, and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The report does not include information about the alleged offenders, victims, or relevant incidents. In releasing the data, the Committee noted the Senate does not keep records respecting individual settlements, and is therefore reliant on the OOC’s data.
A female Democrat Congressional candidate from Kansas was forced to drop from her race recently after a 2005 sexual harassment lawsuit came into focus.
Ramsey apparently made sexual advances on a male subordinate.
From Daily Wire:
It’s official: #MeToo is not partisan and it’s not sexist. A female Democratic congressional candidate has announced that she will drop out of the race for a House seat after details of a 2005 sexual harassment lawsuit emerged.
Kansas Democratic candidate Andrea Ramsey, 56, who was gunning for Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder’s 3rd District seat, announced that she is withdrawing from the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about the lawsuit in which a former male subordinate claimed she sexually harassed him and retaliated against him when he rejected her advances.
“Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources,” The Star reports. “Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006.”
Ramsey issued a statement on Friday denying the allegations and making clear that the Democratic Party is forcing her to withdraw.
Here’s Ramsey in her own words, via Kansas City Star:
Dear Citizens of Kansas’ Third Congressional District,
For the past six months, it has been my privilege and honor to meet folks from all walks of life in our district as we commenced our campaign, seeking to unseat Representative Kevin Yoder. I have listened to your stories, and explained why and how I would be your voice and actually represent your interests in Washington.
My sharpest contrast with Rep. Yoder is that I have led a real life, not a life calculated for photo ops and political gain. I have spoken openly about adversity, including my first husband’s struggles with addiction and his subsequent death. I have lived a full life as a health care advocate, lawyer, businesswoman, proud mom of two young adults and the wife of a retired Army Colonel who served our country in Vietnam.
When I was the head of human resources at a local company, I had to make difficult business decisions on a daily basis concerning budgets, training initiatives, compensation and benefits, workforce hiring and workforce terminations. A termination decision is always the most wrenching, because it affects not only a person’s livelihood, but also an individual’s dignity and sense of self. Sometimes employees don’t take the decision well, and do things they wouldn’t otherwise do because they are angry in that moment, seeking to retaliate.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]