A subcommittee this morning begins its review of the Minnesota House’s policies against discrimination and sexual harassment. The House had a training session for members last week, and the Senate is doing the same periodically. Therese Pautz with NeuVest says she tells senators because they’re in a position of power, people won’t tell them their behavior is not okay: “You may be crossing a boundary and they’re never going to tell you, because they don’t feel safe, they don’t feel comfortable. Presume they’re not going to, self-monitor, and create those boundaries yourself.”
Pautz says it’s also up to each lawmaker — and leaders in particular — to monitor their colleagues for inappropriate behavior.