Ore. lawmaker says sexual harassment culture hasn’t improved
A culture of sexual harassment at the Oregon Capitol hasn’t improved more than a year after allegations surfaced involving the sexual harassment of two interns, a state senator says.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Democratic Sen. Sara Gelser made the comment on Friday to a work group tasked with creating recommendations for rules governing harassment in the Oregon Legislature.
The Bureau of Labor and Industries previously identified two interns who reported being sexually harassed while working for former Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse of Roseburg. Kruse resigned following the allegations, which he denied.
Gelser came forward with the allegations against Kruse. She said she has since dealt with retaliation from unspecified people and remains concerned for interns and legislative staffers who work in the Capitol building.
“If I had to go back in time, I probably wouldn’t (file a formal complaint) again,” Gelser told the Oregon State Capitol Workplace Harassment work group. “And that’s a real problem.”