Thursday, December 21, 2017

Senate paid $600,000 to settle claims

The U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration issued the following statement.

Senate Rules and Appropriations Committees Release 
OOC Harassment Settlement Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, on behalf of Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (R-Minn.), and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, on behalf of Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), today released information provided by the Office of Compliance (OOC) regarding the statistical breakdown of awards and settlements involving Senate employing offices from 1997-2017.

“Harassment in the workplace should not be tolerated under any circumstances, but particularly not in the United States Senate,” said Chairman Shelby of the Senate Rules Committee. “While the Rules Committee has been eager to provide this information in a transparent manner, it has been our priority to protect the victims involved in these settlements from further harm. I am pleased that we have received assurances from Senate Legal Counsel that the release of this data does not violate confidentiality and as such, are able to make it public.”

“Harassment of any kind is unacceptable. The Senate should hold itself to the highest standards of professionalism and respect,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Cochran.

The Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee consulted extensively with Senate Legal Counsel prior to this release to ensure it complied with the confidentiality protections governing these agreements and was sufficiently protective of the victims in these cases. The Committees received assurances from Senate Legal Counsel that the release of this information in no way implicates confidentiality concerns. It should be noted that the Senate – unlike the House – does not have its own records of individual settlements and therefore cannot independently verify the accuracy of the data provided by the OOC. 

The following information regarding settlements between FY1998 and FY2017 was provided by the OOC on Rules and Administration and the Committee on Appropriations.

Settlements Arising from Claims against Member-led Senate Employing Offices
Settlement Amount
Age and race discrimination and reprisal
Disability discrimination, FMLA violation, and reprisal
Age discrimination
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination, FLSA violation, and reprisal
Age discrimination and reprisal
Age discrimination and reprisal
Age and disability discrimination and FMLA violation
Age discrimination
Age and disability discrimination, FMLA violation, and reprisal
Age and national origin discrimination and reprisal
FMLA and FLSA violations
TOTAL: 13 settlements

Settlements Arising from Claims against Other Senate Employing Offices
Settlement Amount
Sex discrimination and reprisal
Disability discrimination and FMLA violation
Age, sex, and disability discrimination
Race discrimination
Race, age, and disability discrimination, FLSA violation, and reprisal
FMLA violation and reprisal
Disability discrimination, FLSA and FMLA violations, and reprisal
Sex and disability discrimination and FMLA violation
Disability discrimination
Race discrimination and reprisal
TOTAL: 10 settlements


Anonymous said...

It appears from this report that way more payouts are from age discrimination. Stop the HATE of our “most experienced “ US citizens.


Anonymous said...

Names. We need names and there is no reason to keep the names from being made public. PERIOD.

Anonymous said...

Thirteen cases in twenty years for cases against a Senate office. Most settled for less than $10k. Most for age discrimination. One hundred offices a year and twenty years? What's the issue here, he'll we have that many claims in the Mayor's office, or in the Sheriff's office in just one year. And net settlement probably much more

Anonymous said...

The reason age and disability is one of the categories where there is more monetary reward is because the process is more favorable to the aged and disabled. Most of our national legislators have been old enough to realize they too could become aged and disabled, but their gender and race will never change.

The mechanisms needed for employees of the Senate to pursue sexually related claims is even more difficult than in the private sector.

Cosby, Wienstein and others may help make sexual harassment and assault claims easier today because of national focus, but it is likely only temporary.

As with " insider trading", the House and Senate are very good at be watering down or negating any challenge to their sense of entitlement and exceptionalism in unnoticed " procedural and rules changes" over time.

They count on the fact we don't notice and they are right, we don't.

Anonymous said...

The issue here is that they are spending public money to settle the claims. Duh.

Anonymous said...

Greg Harper was on Supertalk yesterday. He's chair of the house committee on this stuff. These are not at all the figures he cited.

Anonymous said...


Where did the $17,000,000 go and we want names...............

Anonymous said...

City of Jackson used (and uses) public money to settle claims. County uses public money to settle county claims. Private industry uses company money to settle claims. The claims are against the employer, which in this case is the Senate of the United States. Federal law makes the employer the responsible party. Bitch, bitch bitch. But if you file a claim against your employer, the company pays the bill. If the company wants to hold the employee responsible, they may be able to do that. But oftentimes, in the public sector as in the private sector, these claims are settled without a determination that there was a legitimate claim. Looking at the settlement amounts, it appears that most of these claims were nusience claim settlements. Two significant claims in 20 years. Still say this is a nothing burger.

Anonymous said...

10:43. Keep up. That amount was the House. This is the Senate. Two different entities, kinda like your nose and mouth.

And the House numbers also include a lot of legislative organizations, not the House members. Best I remember reading, it was $600,000 for House member offices over last ten years. And, or course, despite the MMM and the idiotic social media, this was similar to what the above chart shows for the Senate - mostly Age and Race discrimination cases, not sexual. But, that's not as sensational sounding, so idiots like you froth at the mouth thinking that they have found a new scandal to blog about.

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