Representative Jackie Speier recently stated that $15 million had been paid by the federal government to settle cases of harassment within Congress.
The money paid to compensate these victims of sexual harassment comes from a taxpayer-funded account managed by the Office of Compliance (OOC). The fund pays settlements for a wide range of discriminatory practices, including sexual misconduct, ageism, ableism, and gender-based discrimination.
OOC Executive Susan Tsui Grundmann explained that a recent report shows that 4 million dollars were divided between 12 cases in 2012, while the same amount was divided among 25 settlements in 2007. She stated that some settlements cover more than one accusation, which makes it impossible to determine exactly how much money was spent to cover sexual harassment, for example, and how much for other types of complaints.