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How Congress handles sexual harassment: '535 policies' - Source Politico

Posted on Nov 30,2017
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To better understand the scope of the Hill’s workplace culture, POLITICO asked all 535 House and Senate offices — plus four delegates — about whether they had a harassment policy in place and whether it included a training program. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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By ELANA SCHOR and GENEVIEVE GLATSKY

WASHINGTON, DC. -
The mushrooming scandal over sexual harassment in Congress and its secretive system for handling complaints has yet to zero in on another troublesome reality on Capitol Hill: What counts as harassment in one lawmaker’s office might not be considered that in another.

That’s because individual lawmakers’ offices effectively function as lone entities that formulate their own internal policies for employee behavior. And the Office of Compliance, the arbiter of misconduct complaints that provides harassment training now required in the House and Senate, does not provide templates.

“It’s possible there are 535 different policies,” Susan Tsui Grundmann, executive director of the compliance office, said in a recent interview.

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