As Speier noted in the hearing, successful claims against a House employee require the victim to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). "Amongst ourselves, we know", a former Senate staffer said of the lawmakers with the worst reputations.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), a member on the committee, also said she had heard of a congressman who is now serving who had exposed himself to a young female staffer.
In October, Speier shared a #MeToo story of sexual harassment, in which she said that as a congressional staffer, a chief of staff "held [her] face, kissed [her] and stuck his tongue in [her] mouth".
Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockWilson endorses Foxx as next House Education chairman House transfers DC Metro board appointments to DOT Dems target DC-area GOP rep on Metro funding MORE (R-Va.), a member of the House Administration Committee, said she had heard of an unidentified male lawmaker who exposed himself to a young female staffer.
House lawmakers met on Capitol Hill Tuesday to review the chamber's sexual harassment policies. She did not know the identity of the congressman. A number of lawmakers have also come forward and shared stories of harassment they faced, either during their time as lawmakers or when they previously worked on Capitol Hill as aides.
The Senate last week approved a resolution instituting mandatory harassment training for members and aides. In the wake of the allegations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans have said Moore should step aside.
"I strongly encourage you to complete sexual harassment training and to mandate the training for your staff".
There is also the "creep list" - an informal roster passed along by word-of-mouth, consisting of the male members most notorious for inappropriate behavior, ranging from making sexually suggestive comments or gestures to seeking physical relations with younger employees and interns. "Our goal must be a culture where everyone who works in our offices feels safe and able to fulfill their duties".
"Obviously, that's not the right approach", he said.
Earlier this month, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), now a member of the House Democratic leadership, told The Associated Press that a male lawmaker had repeatedly ogled her and at one point inappropriately touched her on the House floor.
The committee is holding a hearing Tuesday on preventing sexual harassment in the Congressional workplace, where Speier is serving as one the witnesses.
Under the current system, staffers must undergo months of counseling and mediation with the employing office before they can formally file a complaint. "By the way. the general counsel of the House is representing the harasser".
In the Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, is proposing a bill that would streamline the reporting process in the Office of Compliance, the little-known office that handles such complaints.