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State of the Congressional Workplace shows increase in workplace harassment complaints

The Office of Compliance, which monitors congressional workplace issues, released its annual “State of the Congressional Workplace” report today.  The annual report provides information about the Congressional workplace, including statistical information about the use of the Office of Compliance by Congressional Members, employing offices, and Congressional employees.

This year’s report shows an increase in the number of congressional staffers who have filed workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation complaints.  There were 168 discrimination and/or harassment claims and 69 retaliation claims filed by Congressional employees in 2010.

Tamara Chrisler, the executive director of the Office of Compliance, said, “The OOC has felt the impact of a substantial increase in discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases over the past 5 fiscal years. The OOC dispute resolution program in fiscal year 2010 saw an increase in formal requests for confidential counseling and mediations, compared to five fiscal years ago.”

State of the Congressional Workplace shows increase in workplace harassment complaints
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