Us Congress Passes Overhaul of Sexual Harassment Policies

 
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Congress approved an overhaul December 13 of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

The bill passed both chambers holds lawmakers, including those who leave office, financially liable for settlements resulting from harassment and retaliation, but doesn't cover discrimination cases. It also eliminates mandatory counseling and mediation for victims, and gets rid of a "cooling off" period now required to observe before filing a lawsuit or requesting an administrative hearing.

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