U.S. lawmakers must pay their own awards and settlements in sexual harassment cases instead of tapping public funds, under a measure approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday which also took other steps to strengthen worker protections for congressional employees.

Under the bipartisan measures updating employee protections enacted in 1995, the personnel office must also regularly report and publish settlements, a departure from past practices in which settlements were secret.

“These comprehensive reforms will provide a positive change of culture within the congress, and improve the overall process of both preventing and reporting any harassment in the future,” said Gregg Harper, the Republican chairman of the House Administration Committee who introduced the legislation this month with the support of seven Republicans and five Democrats.

Dozens of high-profile men have been fired or have resigned from their jobs in politics, media, entertainment and business after facing allegations of sexually harassing or assaulting women and men.

House cracks down on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

U.S. lawmakers must pay their own awards and settlements in sexual harassment cases instead of tapping public funds, under a measure approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday which also took other steps to strengthen worker protections for congressional employees.


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