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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York

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House Passes Donovan-Cosponsored Bill Mandating Anti-Harassment Training for Congress

November 29, 2017
Press Release
Legislation requires all House members and staff to undergo anti-sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training; Donovan: Bill is important step in creating a safer work environment and bringing more accountability to Congress

Washington, DC – November 29, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, today announced that H.Res. 630, legislation he cosponsored to foster a safer and more accountable work environment for all congressional members and employees, unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation mandates that all House members, officers, and employees complete anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training each session of Congress.

Congressman Donovan said, “Sexual harassment, discrimination, or disrespectful actions have no place in our society, especially not in the workplace. This legislation will not right all the wrongs or change the bad actions of the past, but it’s time Congress instituted necessary protections and training to prevent future incidents.”

The resolution requires all members and staff of the House of Representatives to undergo annual sexual harassment prevention and response training. All individuals must complete the training within 90 days of the beginning of the congressional session and are required to submit a certificate of completion to the Committee on House Administration. Additionally, the resolution requires all offices to post a statement of employees rights and protections in the workplace. 

Congressman Donovan, as well as all members of his staff, have already completed anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. Additionally, Donovan’s office has extensive zero tolerance policies in place regarding sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Donovan has made combatting sexual assault and violence a priority throughout his entire career. As Staten Island District Attorney, Donovan focused extensive resources on stopping domestic and sexual abuse. He secured the approval and funding to build the Staten Island Family Justice Center. In Congress, Donovan is a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence. He has cosponsored numerous bills, including the Pet and Women Safety Act and the International Violence Against Women Act, to fight violence against women.

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