Newly-released statistics show taxpayers paid more than $342,000 during former President Barack Obama’s first term to settle workplace discrimination disputes at House lawmakers’ offices.
Between 2008 and 2012, including nearly $175,000 for eight settlements related to sexual harassment and sex discrimination accusations.
The new numbers were released Tuesday by the House Office of Compliance, the taxpayer-funded office that handles the often-secret payouts to House employees. The information reveals three previously undisclosed settlements for sexual harassment. It does not identify the lawmakers’ offices involved or name the accusers. It was not clear whether the cases involved accusations against a lawmaker or a member of their staff.
The Office of Compliance previously released more recent statistics that revealed a single $84,000 sexual harassment payment on behalf of Rep. Blake Farenthold. Before announcing that he won’t seek re-election, Farenthold pledged to pay back the