A year after state lawmakers began to address concerns about sexual harassment among the legislature’s workforce, leaders of the Maryland General Assembly on Tuesday said they are conducting a “workplace climate survey.”
House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. announced that they have hired a company to review the workplace climate in the legislature. The Florida-based company, TalentKeepers, will survey more than 1,600 lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists.
In a statement, Busch said that the “direct, anonymous feedback” will help leaders improve the working environment at the legislature.
“We want to do everything possible to ensure that the Maryland General Assembly is a model workplace for other Legislatures and the State of Maryland,” Miller said in a statement.
Amid a tide allegations of impropriety by high-profile men in Hollywood, the media and politics across the country, Maryland lawmakers will begin tracking harassment complaints against state lawmakers. But all the complaints will remain confidential.
None of the accused lawmakers was named in the report and it’s not clear how many lawmakers were the subject of complaints.
One of the reports did become public: Baltimore Del. Curt Anderson was investigated for complaints of harassment and assault. Anderson, who denied the allegations, was stripped of some of his leadership positions and was ordered to participate in anti-harassment training.