Carolyn FortinoNov 15, 2017, 6:45 pm

'The Weinstein Effect’ and ‘Me Too’ pushes to Capitol Hill

NY senator introduces legislation to fight sexual harassment in Congress

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WHITE PLAINS -- If there is one thing people have learned from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, it is that sexual assault and harassment happen everywhere. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is taking on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, pushing for a new bill that would help to prevent and respond to instances of sexual harassment in Congress.

The new legislation called the "Member and Employee Training and Oversight on Congress Act" — otherwise known as "Me Too," would put stricter penalties in place and make it easier for victims of sexual harassment to get justice. The legislation has been dubbed "The Weinstein Effect," and it refers to an outpouring of emotion and subsequent lawsuits over stories of sexual harassment in the workplace.

"There are real costs to sexual harassment in the workplace,” says Gillibrand. “We know many people quit their jobs because of it, which can throw off their entire careers."

With the House of Representatives shelling out more than $15 million in sexual harassment "hush money," the bill would also require annual mandatory training for members of Congress and its staff.

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