California Legislature may create new harassment unit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature may create a new investigative unit to focus on harassment complaints and hire a panel of outside experts to recommend discipline.
Those are pieces of a draft policy presented Friday by two lawmakers tasked with revamping the Capitol’s sexual misconduct policies. It still needs approval from several committees.
The legislature has been grappling with how to improve its sexual misconduct policies after several lawmakers were accused of groping and other inappropriate acts.
The proposal suggests creating a “Workplace Conduct Unit” to investigate claims of harassment and discrimination. The outside panel would then decide whether to substantiate the claims and recommend how the Legislature should respond. The Senate and Assembly would have the final say on discipline.
Lawmakers did not provide a cost estimate for the new unit.