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Sexual Harassment Training Made Mandatory in Iowa Senate After Anderson Complaints

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Senator Pam Jochum says when became Senate President in 2013 she was made aware of the complaints Kirsten Anderson had filed, and ordered a full review of the personnel policy that was in place. A revised set of personnel guidelines was adopted in December of 2013.

The biggest change was the implementation of mandatory sexual harassment training for everyone from senators to pages.

The new guidelines outline what constitutes as sexual harassment and makes clear that retaliation for “making harassment reports, threatening to report harassment or participating in a harassment investigation” violates policy.

It also shows that any senate employee who engages in harassment can be “subject to discipline up to and including termination”.

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