NEWS: Speaker Edgmon Comments on Allegations of Sexual Harassment in the Alaska Legislature
Legislature Implements Mandatory Harassment Training for All Lawmakers and Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2017
Anchorage – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) released the following statement regarding allegations of sexual harassment in the Alaska Legislature and the efforts to ensure a safe and respectful workplace for all lawmakers and staff.
“This is a confidential personnel issue and I am not able to comment on details of the incident or the complaint. The incident illustrates the need for concrete and clear reporting policies and mandatory sexual harassment training for every legislator and staff member,” said House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham). “Unwanted sexual advances and other forms of harassment are unacceptable and hinder the work of the Alaska Legislature to do the people’s business. Any victim who comes forward must be respected and should know their concerns will be heard, investigated, and addressed with fairness and transparency. Our priority is to ensure a safe and respectful work environment where no one feels threatened. We strongly encourage anyone who has been subjected to sexual harassment, assault, or aggravation in or related to their place of work to come forward. We want them to feel confident that their personnel matters will remain confidential and private, and that the Legislature will listen and follow through.”
Six members of the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate have been appointed to a special subcommittee that will review the legislature’s harassment policies and make recommendations to the joint Alaska Legislative Council before the start of the Second Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature in January.
In addition to a new policy on sexual and other forms of harassment, the Alaska Legislature is imposing required sexual harassment training for all lawmakers and staff. The training will be conducted by expert trainers with the Alaska Human Rights Commission during the first week of the legislative session that begins on January 16th. The training is mandatory for all members of the House and Senate and their staff.
For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.