Ore. law­maker says sex­ual ha­rass­ment cul­ture hasn’t im­proved

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Local -

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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.