California Assembly Approves $1.5M Unit to Investigate Workplace Misconduct

The California Assembly has approved $1.5 million to create a unit to investigate allegations of workplace misconduct at the Legislature.

It's part of the Legislature's efforts to overhaul how it handles sexual misconduct allegations in the wake of the #MeToo movement that prompted three lawmakers to resign.

The new unit would work under the legislative counsel, which would hire a director and investigator. The unit would accept and investigate workplace misconduct complaints, including harassment and discrimination.

The findings would then be handed to a panel of experts to decide whether the allegation can be substantiated and recommend discipline. Legislative leaders would have the ultimate say on what action to take.

The bill still requires approval from the Senate and Gov. Jerry Brown.

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