The Congressional Office of Compliance recently published
that shows that the number of harassment and discrimination complaints by
Congressional employees has increased over the past five years. The report,
entitled "State of the Congressional Workplace," sought to determine the
effectiveness of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, enacted to hold
Congress to the same standards as private sector employers in terms of
discrimination, accessibility, and safety.
According to the report, 52 Congressional employees
complained of discrimination in 2007. That number increased to 142 in
2011. The complaints dealt with race, sex, gender, pregnancy, and physical and
mental disabilities. Of the 142 complaints in 2011, the government resolved 23
through settlements that included total payments of $461,366. Capitol Police
employees filed more than half of the 2011 complaints. The report also
determined that six restrooms in the Senate and House Office building did not
meet disability accessibility regulations.
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