(Dec. 15) – The leaders of the Colorado legislature agreed today to a series of steps to change its policies and practices to combat workplace harassment.
Meeting as the Executive Committee of the Legislative Council, the leaders agreed to:
- Hire a human resources professional to help handle HR issues in the legislature. This would be a new role.
- Hire an independent consultant to review the legislature’s workplace harassment policy. The review will look at best practices and solicit and receive feedback from a wide range of people, including victims’ advocates, HR professionals, legislators, staff including aides and interns, and others who work in the state capitol.
- Conduct mandatory yearly trainings on workplace harassment prevention for legislators, full-time staff and aides and interns. Currently, such trainings are mandatory for legislators every two years and for staff when they are hired.
“This is not a partisan issue; this is about working together to address what clearly is a problem,” said House Speaker Crisanta Duran, the vice chairwoman of the Executive Committee. “The actions we took today are meaningful steps toward our goal of addressing harassment head-on and reforming the culture of the Capitol.”
“The legislature must be a place where everyone is treated with respect and everyone feels safe,” said House Majority Leader KC Becker, who also sits on the committee.
The Executive Committee is chaired by Senate President Kevin Grantham. Its other members are Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert, Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman and House Minority Leader Patrick Neville.