Rep. McDermed Appointed to Task Force Tackling Sexual Harassment

Today State Representative Margo McDermed received an appointment to the House Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment. She was appointed by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. The task force is in charge of conducting a comprehensive review of the legal and social consequences of sexual discrimination and harassment, in both the public and private sectors.

"I am glad that legislators have taken swift and strong action in recent weeks to condemn and help fix the culture of sexual harassment in Springfield. It is long overdue," Rep. McDermed said. "As a woman who worked in a male dominated field my entire career, I appreciate the opportunity to be at the forefront of the effort to substantially address this issue."

The task force was created by House Resolution 687, which passed unanimously last week in Springfield. During the final week of veto session the House acted on several measures to address the culture of sexual harassment in Illinois government. The House also unanimously passed a comprehensive measure to amend Illinois' ethics law to include sexual harassment. The task force must submit a report on the best practices to improve procedures for accepting complaints and the prevention of sexual discrimination and harassment in the public and private sector to the General Assembly by the end of next year.

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