Though legislators recently released some new details of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination complaints against lawmakers, critics say the release doesn’t go far enough.
Legislative leaders say that their desire to protect potential sexual harassment victims and sexual discrimination victims outweighs critics’ calls to give the public the full story.
Legislators released added details about a 2016 claim against an unnamed state senator after receiving another open records request from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Senate Chief Clerk Jeff Renk and Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller wrote in a letter to the newspaper that in January of 2016, an aide filed a sexual discrimination complaint about a senator. The letter stated that the complaint “was investigated and was found to be unsubstantiated, because the employee was terminated based upon performance and other non-discriminatory reasons,”
Politicians on both sides of the aisle insist that their main concern is protecting victims. Critics say the policy prevents the public from knowing whether lawmakers are dealing in an appropriate fashion with credible allegations.
Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, pointed out that news reports across the nation show that a wide range of government bodies and private companies have failed to properly deal with sexual harassment.
One way to encourage victims of sexual harassment and discrimination come forward is to ensure that perpetrators are identified and dealt with and that policies are put in place to discourage future misconduct.
Victims of workplace sexual harassment can contact an employment law attorney experienced in protecting your rights, your career and your future.