sexual harassment

Leaders in the California state Senate say an outside firm will investigate all future sexual harassment complaints.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

As a second woman alleges that she was a victim of sexual misconduct by Los Angeles County Democratic state Senator Tony Mendoza, the California state Senate has announced it will hire an outside law firm to investigate all complaints of sexual harassment in state government, and to recommend disciplinary measures.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent


Claims of sexual harassment in the state Capitol have prompted an independent investigation and legislative hearings later this month. This morning (Thursday), the Associated Press reports that the California Legislature has already paid out well more than half a million dollars in the last five years to settle harassment and other claims.  All of this comes as the California state Senate is getting ready to choose a new leader. Among those vying for the job is Chino Democratic state Senator Connie Leyva. In her first term in the legislature, Sen.

A California Assemblyman is the first lawmaker to be named in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping through the state Capitol.  A legislative staffer says Democrat Raul Bocanegra of the San Fernando Valley groped her at a public event eight years ago.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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Women in California politics protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the state Capitol distrust the response from legislative leaders.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on what they would like to see change.

More than 140 women this week signed a letter about pervasive sexual harassment in the California Legislature, but only a handful have ever taken their complaints to higher-ups.  They say the Capitol's review policies don't go far enough to protect women, and that accusing elected officials could mean risking their reputations and their jobs.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports on the Legislature's complaint process, and why so few women are using it.

Legislature Toughens California Sexual Assault Laws

Dec 28, 2016

California lawmakers passed new sexual assault laws after a Stanford student served 3 months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.  Capital Public Radio's Ja'Nel Johnson reports.

The California Senate has passed new rules to crack down on sexual harassment, violence, and low pay in the janitorial industry.  A bill passed yesterday (Thursday) would require companies providing janitorial services to register with the state and offer sexual harassment training.  The bill passed with bipartisan support, in spite of the protests of the protests of an Inland Empire legislator.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.