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As stories of sexual harassment in the workplace have been circulated as part of the powerful #MeToo movement, it has exposed how virulent the issue is across the nation and across all job sectors. It would only make sense, then, for a congressional hearing to be held on the issue.

During such a hearing Thursday, one federal employee revealed her own experience dealing not only with sexual harassment in the private sector but also racial discrimination as a black woman. Gloria Lett, counsel for the Office of House Employment Counsel, testified that, while she worked in the private sector, one of her white managers used to keep a whip prominently displayed in his office in order to “motivate the black employees,” Raw Story reports.

“As a woman of color, I have also experienced race discrimination in the workplace,” Lett said. “I worked for a private company where a white manager brought it in a whip, which he prominently displayed in his office. And when questioned about it, he said he wanted to—quote unquote—motivate the black employees.

“Like most women in this country, I have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace,” she added. “It occurred during the early part of my employment, and my way of dealing with it was to leave a job that I liked.”

Lett testified to the House Administration Committee that “sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination, just like discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age and disability.”

With veteran lawmakers such as Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announcing their retirements and resignations on the heels of several accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, Congress has been in the hot seat with how it handles such complaints.

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Also being scrutinized is how settlements are reached between a congressional office and an accuser, and where any settlement money comes from, CNN notes.

Read more at Raw Story and CNN.