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AG Hawley Announces Review of Mo. Govt. Discrimination, Harassment Policies

February 20, 2018 - 5:51 pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announces his office will partner with the Women's Foundation to conduct a comprehensive review of existing discrimination and harassment policies in the Capitol and across state government.  

Hawley said during a news conference broadcast on Facebook that a report from the state's legal expense fund detailed over $8 million went toward discrimination cases under the Missouri Human Rights Act.
"The amount of taxpayer money spent in one year for claims of harassment and discrimination illustrates that we have a serious problem in at least some parts of our state government," he said.

Hawley described the seven guidelines he believes harrassment or discrimination policy should follow, including a clear definition of harassment and consequences, a way for victims to make anonymous complaints, as well as specific policies regarding treatment of interns.  

Wendy Doyle, president and CEO of the Women’s Foundation, said every instance of sexual harassment is a barrier to women’s political and professional advancement.