Sexual Harassment Training Required and Modernized for D.C. Employees

December 21, 2017 AT 9:00 AM

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) is mandating training to combat sexual harassment for 30,000 city employees to be completed by February 2018.

Bowser’s administration began a review of the District’s policies in November in light of the growing national spotlight on the issue.

“Sexual harassment violates D.C. values, we take all claims of harassment seriously, and we remain committed to providing a safe working environment for all employees,” Bowser said in a statement. “This action will assure our team members that we value their commitment to public service, and make clear that if they are sexually harassed, there are remedies.”

The city does not have a centralized system to track the number of sexual harassment complaints, settlements or the amount of taxpayer dollars that are paid out, said LaToya Foster, a spokeswoman for Bowser. Currently, sexual harassment claims are settled within D.C. agencies and not reported to the mayor’s office, Foster said.

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