Training for Kansas lawmakers will help address sexual harassment

December 29, 2017 - 9:14 pm

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle says training for lawmakers, employees and interns is the first step for the Legislature in addressing sexual harassment.

Annual training for legislators, employees, interns and lobbyists was among the recommendations released Friday by the Women's Foundation. The Kansas City, Missouri-based foundation promotes gender equity and reviewed the Legislature's policy against sexual harassment.

The current policy hasn't changed since 1994 and does not require regular training.

Wagle said such training is a good place to start because education about sexual harassment is important.

Wagle's and fellow legislative leaders were scheduled to review the proposals Friday afternoon.

The Women's Foundation says the existing policy has "significant gaps." The foundation also is calling on the Legislature to have an independent, outside attorney review sexual harassment complaints.

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