sexual harassment

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Congress Took Three Decades to Come This Far, Sexual Harassment Victim Says
Dorena Bertussi filed Hill’s first successful harassment complaint in 1988

Dorena Bertussi, a former House staffer, filed a  successful sexual harassment complaint against a congressman in 1988. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Shortly after Dorena Bertussi’s name was published in one of the first major sexual harassment scandals in the House of Representatives, she came home to the sound of a ticking clock on her home answering machine.

The police told her she might want to find someplace else to stay for a while.

D.C. Delegate Wants to End Hill’s Pass on Harassment Laws
New bill would force Congress to provide employees same protections

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., wants Hill staffers to get the same legal protections against harassment as other employees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hill staffers would get the same legal protections against sexual harassment as other workers in the nation’s capital under a bill introduced Tuesday by D.C.’s congressional delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton

“It is impossible to justify exempting congressional offices from the comprehensive provisions Congress now requires of private employers and federal agencies,” Norton said in a press release. “Particularly in a work environment such as Congress, where powerful figures often play an out-sized role with a sense of their own importance, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination must be met head on.”

Ex-Adviser Says Senate Candidate Frequently Referred to His Penis
Complaint accuses August Wolf of improper touching, breaking campaign laws

Senate candidate August Wolf poses before a forum in Connecticut in April. (Courtesy @AugustWolfCT)

A political consultant hired to turn around the Senate campaign of a Connecticut Republican has sued for sexual harassment, alleging that August Wolf frequently referred to his penis, touched her inappropriately, and made racist and homophobic comments about staff members and others.  

Samantha Menh alleges in her complaint that when she asked Wolf what he did for fun, he responded, "I have sex!" He asked her if she had ever been "sexually satisfied by a real man." And he said that if he were elected to the Senate, he would need to put a taser on his genitals, "so I can stay awake."  

The Woman Not Called During the Clarence Thomas Hearings
Angela Wright Shannon on ‘Confirmation,’ Joe Biden and What She Would Have Said

Angela Wright Shannon (Photo courtesy of Ms. Shannon)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The political theater that put Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, and Anita Hill and the issue of sexual harassment in the national conversation happened in 1991, but the recent HBO movie "Confirmation"  rehashed those debates.  

Angela Wright Shannon, then known as Angela Wright — or the other woman who accused Thomas of inappropriate words and behavior — got to see herself portrayed by Academy Award-winning Jennifer Hudson in that film, which she was asked to consult on but chose not to. She heard characters repeat the words of a column she wrote, not for publication but for a writing sample, which was leaked to the office of Senate Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Joseph Biden  and led to a subpoena.