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Sexual harassment claims in Congress are among the least-reported to Office of House Employment Counsel

Sexual harassment claims in Congress are among the least-reported to Office of House Employment Counsel

An official for the Office of House Employment Counsel (OHEC) testified Thursday sexual harassment claims are among the least popular accusations the congressional office has handled in its two decades of operations.

"We typically see mostly retaliation cases when employees file claims," Gloria Lett, OHEC counsel testified before the Committee on House Administration.

"It is followed by sexual harassment claims, pregnancy claims.

The issue recently came up after Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., revealed the Treasury Department had paid out more than $17 million to victims of work-related issues, including harassment, on Capitol Hill.

In the first 10-and-a-half months of this year, the Treasury Department paid $934,754 to Capitol Hill employees who were the victims of various work issues.

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