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Sexual harassment at the Capitol target of legislative examination

April 5, 2018 GMT

HARTFORD — Connecticut legislators will soon turn the magnifying glass on themselves and investigate sexual harassment in the halls of the Capitol.

The Legislative Management Committee, chaired by top House and Senate lawmakers, will hold an informational hearing on sexual harassment on April 16 at the Capitol, said Adam Joseph, press secretary for Senate Democrats, on Thursday.

The hearing will be an opportunity for staff and others who work in the building to speak publicly of their experiences and recommend changes to the legislature’s human resources policies. The hearing was promised by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle back in January.

Also, an anonymous survey about sexual harassment will likely be sent to legislative staff and interns as well as contractors, lobbyists, vendors and media who work at the Capitol in the coming weeks, Joseph said. The goal will be to collect as much data as possible.

The survey is being drafted now and no date of distribution has been set, Joseph said. It will contain an optional section for demographic information.

Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate have been working together to plan the hearing and survey, Joseph said.

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