U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) led members of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues in hosting a hearing this week that explored sexual harassment in male-dominated fields, as well as strategies to effect change in workplace cultures.
“Historically, the manufacturing, construction, and technology industries have been dominated by men and (on April 24), the Women’s Caucus heard the stories from victims of harassment in these fields,” Rep. Brooks, co-chair of the caucus, said. “As I have said many times, harassment and discrimination in the workplace is absolutely unacceptable and should never be tolerated. I am proud to join my fellow members of the Women’s Caucus to further address and discuss the ways Congress can work with our industry partners to combat and stop harassment in the workplace.”
Reps. Brooks, Walters and Comstock hosted the hearing, titled “From Silicon Valley to the Factory Floor: Time’s Up for Sexual Harassment in Male-Dominated Jobs,” with U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), caucus co-chair, and Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI). The lawmakers heard from survivors of sexual harassment, as well as experts.
“Women should have the opportunity to pursue careers in their field of choice without fear of harassment,” Rep. Walters, the vice chair of the caucus, said. The “testimony illustrates the need for change across multiple industries to ensure safe work environments for all employees. I appreciate the witnesses sharing their powerful stories and thoughtful insight on this issue.”
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