The House of Representatives revealed Tuesday that it secretly paid more than $100,000 in three sexual harassment claim settlements between 2008 and 2012.
Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., revealed the new figures from the Office of Compliance as part of his committee’s ongoing review sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill.
Harper chairs the House Administration Committee, which announced in October it was reviewing how Congress works to prevent sexual harassment.
The three settlements totaled $115,000 between fiscal years 2008 and 2012. To whom the settlements were paid or from which offices the complaints originated were not revealed.
“As I have stated from the beginning of this review, one case of sexual harassment is one case too many,” Harper said in a statement. “We must create a culture within our Capitol Hill community that instills in every employee and employer, new and old, that there is no place for sexual harassment in the halls of Congress.”
According to Harper, the Office of Compliance has reported $17 million total “for all cases involving claims of violations of the Congressional Accountability Act,” and his committee has asked for breakdown of all of it.
The new figures disclosed Tuesday means the total settlement amounts for House member-led offices between 2008 and 2012 totals $342,225.
The disclosures come as multiple members of Congress have been hit with sexual misconduct allegations, leading some to resign and others to decline to run for reelection.