Missouri attorney general to review state harassment policy

February 20, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says his office is doing a review of harassment and discrimination policies at all state agencies.

Hawley told reporters Tuesday that the state paid more than $8 million for claims under the Missouri Human Rights Act in 2017. He says that shows there’s a culture of harassment and discrimination in state government that needs to be fixed.

Hawley says good policies should include ways for victims to submit anonymous complaints and checks to prevent retaliation. The office also is looking for clear and specific consequences for committing harassment or discrimination and policies to protect interns.

The attorney general’s office worked with Kansas City-based Women’s Foundation to develop the model policies.

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