Working Beyond Congress’ #MeToo Bill
Katz Banks Kumin partner Debra Katz was quoted in a Roll Call article titled, “Hill Staffers Get New Resource in Sexual Harassment Disputes: Their Predecessors.” A new congressional workplace protection law is working its way through the House now, but that isn’t stopping a group of former congressional aides from doing what they can to help current victims achieve justice.
The group launched a website, congresstoo.com, to collect resources and contacts, such as lawyers and public relations experts. And they hope to ride the momentum of the #MeToo movement to gather support for their efforts, and eventually change the culture on The Hill for good.
Ms. Katz, who said she would be happy to counsel people, knows just how damaging sexual harassment can be, especially for congressional aides. “The trauma of being sexually harassed on the Hill can be career-derailing.”
While their website helps victims find the resources they need, former aides know that this is just a first step. They hope to start a professional network for victims whose career paths are disrupted, and generally make Congress a better workplace in the future.
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