According to Harper’s office, the OOC provided the committee with preliminary statistics of settlements and awards paid, as well as a breakdown by type of claim, including a specific category for sexual harassment, as a result of cases originating with an employing office in the House of Representatives since FY2013. Information for additional years is currently being assembled by the OOC.
“First and foremost, there is no place for sexual harassment in our society, and especially in Congress, and one case of sexual harassment is one case too many,” Harper said. “As part of my committee’s review, I asked the Office of Compliance for a breakdown of the $17 million total amount that has been reported by their office for all cases involving claims of violations of the Congressional Accountability Act. The OOC has provided our committee with preliminary information from the last five years involving House member-led offices.”