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Taxpayers Paid $27,000 to Settle Detroit Dem John Conyers’ Harassment Suit

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is the latest politician to be accused of sexual harassment; BuzzFeed's report indicates taxpayers covered the lawsuit.

By NTK Staff | 11.21.2017 @11:45am
Taxpayers Paid $27,000 to Settle Detroit Dem John Conyers’ Harassment Suit

In August 2017, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) tweeted that, on Women’s Equality Day, we should “fight to ensure women have the equal ability to participate in the workplace.”

Apparently that commitment doesn’t extend to the workplace he runs.

On Monday, BuzzFeed reported Conyers paid $27,000, out of his taxpayer-funded office budget, to settle a harassment case brought by a former employee.

The highlights of the report, from BuzzFeed‘s Paul McLeod and Lissandra Villa:

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”

…The woman who settled with Conyers launched the complaint with the Office of Compliance in 2014, alleging she was fired for refusing his sexual advances, and ended up facing a daunting process that ended with a confidentiality agreement in exchange for a settlement of more than $27,000. Her settlement, however, came from Conyers’ office budget rather than the designated fund for settlements.

Incredibly, BuzzFeed points out, this is not one of the 264 settlements (totaling $17 million) that Congress’ Office of Compliance has paid out since 1997. The Washington Post broke the news on this gross use of taxpayer funds last week.

Conyers is a powerful member of Congress, currently serving as the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. Conyers was chairman of that committee when Democrats controlled the House, from 2007 through 2010.

He is not the first midwestern Democrat to be accused of sexual harassment this month. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is dealing with similar, and growing, allegations.

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