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.
Looks like Sen. Al Franken’s days are numbered after another woman came out saying that she was sexually assaulted by the onetime-comedian-turned-lawmaker.
Rep. Al Green (no, not the grits-faced, “Love and Happiness” Al Green—the congressman from Texas with the receding perm line in the front and Shirley Temple curls in the back Al Green) released a joint statement Monday with a former staffer that basically said, “We cool.”
Rep. John Conyers, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 50 years, said this week that he was not going to resign his seat over accusations of sexually harassing female staffers.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is just the latest high-powered man to be accused of sexual harassment, and on Tuesday the former female staffers of Saturday Night Live issued a statement showing support for the senator.
In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal last month, Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) brought forward much-needed legislation aimed at curbing sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. But according to some of Lawrence’s former aides, she hasn’t done enough to fight it in her own office.