Make Super PACs Foot Bill for Sexual Harassment Cases
The goal would be to make politicos more accountable. As of now, the laws around harassment claims are substantively the same as the private sector, says Tom Spiggle, whose law firm handles wrongful termination cases. The major difference? From a public relations standpoint, politicians can’t risk seeing their alleged misdeeds on prime-time television. That, and the fact that the Treasury Department has a fund for covering lawmaker settlements means “you almost never see them go to court,” Spiggle says. There also is little incentive not to quietly settle harassment claims away from the public eye, because “it’s not coming out of their pocket,” he adds.
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