Report: Congress, Other Legislative Branches Named in 196 Complaints in 2011

It turns out that congressmen and senators and other legislative branch offices are no strangers to complaints of employment discrimination.

The legislative branch, including members of Congress, was named in 196 complaints filed in fiscal year 2011, compared to 168 in fiscal year 2010, according to a report issued this week by the Office of Accountability, which enforces discrimination laws against these offices.

More than half (101) complaints alleged discrimination or harassment based on race or color, the report said. “Sex/gender/pregnancy,” which does not include sexual orientation, was the next highest category, followed by disability.

The U.S. Capitol Police faced 63 complaints, the most of any entity.

Under the Congressional Accountability Act, employment discrimination laws apply not only to Houes and Senate members, but also the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, and the Library of Congress.

Here’s a copy of the report, which also details safety and health accessability in these legislative branch agencies.

 

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