Independent Investigators to Review Harassment Complaints Against N.H. Lawmakers

Aug 5, 2019

Starting next year, sexual harassment complaints against New Hampshire lawmakers will be handled by an independent investigator.
Credit Dan Tuohy / NHPR
 

Starting next year, sexual harassment complaints against New Hampshire lawmakers will be handled by an independent investigator.

Currently, complaints are reported to the House or Senate chiefs of staff.

Under a bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday, complaints will go to an independent human resources employee instead starting in January.

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Supporters say sexual harassment is a real and continuing problem in workplaces, including the Statehouse. Opponents say administrative policy shouldn't be enshrined in state law.

The legislation also allows the legislative facilities committee to propose rules for required training on harassment and discrimination.