Rep. Sullivan-Leonard Seeks Independent Investigation of Sexual Harassment Claims
December 11, 2017, WASILLA, ALASKA - Representative Colleen Sullivan-Leonard (R-Wasilla) today implores the legislature’s Legislative Council to order an immediate, formal, independent investigation of all sexual harassment claims made during the legislative session.
In this ongoing 2017-2018 session, it has become clear that the Alaska House Majority Coalition and its Leaders have ignored or not properly processed sexual harassment reports to bring protection and ultimate relief to the victim. Although we may be encouraged to have Legislative Council look at updating policies and procedures now, this provides very little relief for those that filed claims of harassment prior to this. No more hiding behind poor policy or processes that have not provided swift and thorough relief for the victim. Those in authority, should be held accountable for their lack of action to protect those that have been harassed and not felt safe or protected in the workplace. It’s time for an external investigation.
“Therefore, I ask for a formal, independent investigation by an external legal firm with personnel expertise to look at complaints from January 1, 2017 to December 11, 2017 to see if proper protocol was followed and for those that ignored it, to be held accountable,” said Rep. Sullivan-Leonard. “I ask for Legislative Council to take immediate action on this matter.”
For more information contact Rep. Sullivan-Leonard at 907-373-6285