Internal Review of Iowa Senate Sexual Harassment Complaints Will Be Released

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2017

In a news release, Majority Leader Bill Dix announced former Ambassador and former Republican Senate President Mary Kramer has agreed to serve as a volunteer advisor to the Iowa Senate to improve the workplace culture.

Last week, Dix said that Senate Republicans did not plan to hire a human resources staffer to oversee workplace culture.

"As this process has unfolded, it has become clear to me that we are in need of change and our employees deserve better", Dix said in his statement.

During a question-and-answer session this morning with reporters, Governor Kim Reynolds said former Iowa Senate President Mary Kramer, who's also a former U.S. Ambassador, is a "good choice".

Kramer's career in human resources and as a "tireless advocate for women" will help ensure the legislative workplace is free of harassment and discrimination, he said. Kramer will serve for free on a voluntary basis.

"I have accepted Sen".

"I want to thank Ambassador Kramer for accepting this appointment as an Advisor to the Senate".

At the same time, Dix reversed course on two other facets of the sexual harassment issue.

Workplace rules became an issue at the Statehouse after trial testimony in the lawsuit brought by Anderson, a former Senate Republican caucus staff communications director who alleged she worked in a "toxic environment" and was sacked in 2013 hours after complaining of sexual harassment. "Harassment should not and will not be tolerated in the Iowa Senate". Joining with the Iowa House of Representatives to identify and procure human resources assistance for the Iowa General Assembly, as well as releasing the internal review document that was compiled in response to the verdict in Kirsten Anderson's sexual harassment case.

"Senator Dix, Senator Whitver and other Senate Republicans still have not apologized to Kirsten Anderson for the sexual harassment she experienced and they refuse to acknowledge that she was sacked for being a whistleblower", wrote Senate Minority Leader Janet Peterson (D-Des Moines).

The top Republican in the Iowa Senate today announced new steps to address workplace culture.

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price reiterated his position that Dix should step down as Senate majority leader, saying "the unacceptable secrecy and pattern of mistakes make it clear that we can not trust Sen".

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