Senate Rules and Appropriations Committees Release OOC Harassment Settlement Data

From:  Neews Release  12/22/17  GCN

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

Claims

Settlement Amount

Age and race discrimination and reprisal

$8,964

Reprisal

$9,000

Disability discrimination, FMLA violation, and reprisal

$9,000

Age discrimination

$9,618.60

Race discrimination

$12,456

Sex discrimination, FLSA violation, and reprisal

$14,260.25

Age discrimination and reprisal

$15,000

Age discrimination and reprisal

$15,500

Age and disability discrimination and FMLA violation

$20,800

Age discrimination

$54,000

Age and disability discrimination, FMLA violation, and reprisal

$60,000

Age and national origin discrimination and reprisal

$102,903.62

FMLA and FLSA violations

$267,750

TOTAL: 13 settlements

$599,252.47

Settlements Arising from Claims against Other Senate Employing Offices

Claims

Settlement Amount

Sex discrimination and reprisal

$4,000

Disability discrimination and FMLA violation

$9,750

Age, sex, and disability discrimination

$10,000

Race discrimination

$10,000

Race, age, and disability discrimination, FLSA violation, and reprisal

$15,300

FMLA violation and reprisal

$30,000

Disability discrimination, FLSA and FMLA violations, and reprisal

$30,450

Sex and disability discrimination and FMLA violation

$42,000

Disability discrimination

$280,500

Race discrimination and reprisal

$421,225

TOTAL: 10 settlements

$853,225