DeLeo: MCAD funds will help agency handle harassment complaints

Saying the state expects an increase in sexual harassment complaint filings, the House on Wednesday is prepared to pass a $250,000 allocation to hire two staffers for training and one new investigator, according to Speaker Robert DeLeo.

DeLeo highlighted the appropriation for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) at the outset of his address to colleagues on Wednesday, and said he had joined other representatives at a House listening session earlier in the day that is part of an ongoing review of House policies relating to sexual harassment.

"We have heard directly from MCAD that requests for sexual harassment training are up dramatically, and they expect an increase in the filing of sexual harassment complaints," DeLeo said.

The $250,000 appropriation was included in a supplemental budget endorsed by the House Ways and Means Committee that also includes a $15 million reserve for school districts educating evacuees who fled Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following hurricanes Maria and Irma.

The budget bill also includes a $700,000 line item for the Committee for Public Counsel Services.


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