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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Here Are The Largest Congressional Payments (Uh, Payoffs) The House Has Admitted
of Representatives fund paid $1 million to secretly settle complaints by
staffers. Here are the largest.
The House has disclosed settling 41
complaints of workplace mistreatment for a total of some $1 million since 1997.
The list published by the House does not include names, but The Daily Caller
News Foundation used court documents to reveal the offices behind some
settlements and then cross-referenced with news articles to rank them. The list
also omits the largest settlement the settlement office ever handled, involving
Rep. Alcee Hastings.
The DCNF’s analysis found that a
seldom-mentioned settlement involving the office of Rep. Gregory Meeks appears
to be one of the largest settlements in decades while also involving some of
the most serious allegations — including not just sexual harassment, but firing
a staffer who said she was physically sexually assaulted by someone connected
to a campaign donor.
The data is entirely based on Office
of Compliance (OOC) payouts, and so omits some of the most notable settlements, such as one by
Rep. John Conyers. The omission is because the Committee on House
Administration disclosed only payments that came out of the OOC’s special
settlement fund, whereas numerous members hid settlements in their office
budgets. TheDCNF analysis of the list of OOC settlements found that much of the
$1 million comes from a handful of large settlements, while others are for only
a few thousand dollars.
$220,000: Alcee Hastings (D-FL), alleged sexual harassment, 2014
The Office of Compliance mysteriously
omitted the largest settlement it ever handled from its list of settlements
with member-led offices, likely because it involved a commission. The
settlement, however, involved an accusation against Rep. Hastings by an
employee of the Helsinki Commission, a member-led body of Congress chaired at
the time by Hastings. The staffer alleged that he repeatedly invited her up to his hotel room when they were traveling,
asked what type of underwear she was wearing, and made other inappropriate
gestures. Hastings denied the charges and said he did not even know that
Congress settled on his behalf. The size of the settlement seemingly suggests
that authorities may have viewed the evidence as particularly damning or were
highly motivated to make it go away. The amount is 88 times larger than another
settlement for sex discrimination and retaliation and 25 times larger than the
median settlement involving sex or gender. Hastings’ office did not return a
request for comment.
Benghazi Committee investigator
Bradley Podliska filed a lawsuit alleging his bosses were unhappy the Air Force
reservist had to leave to perform military service. He also said he had been
unfairly pressured to focus on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He
later withdrew that claim. Then-committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said in 2015 that Podliska was fired for
mishandling classified info; Podliska said that was untrue and defamatory, Fox
News reported. He was reinstated to his job after 16 months, and TheDCNF has
learned the payment was calculated as back pay based on his salary.
$85,000: Eric Massa (D-NY), alleged sexual harassment & retaliation, 2010
Massa resigned after being accused of
tickling and groping male staffers.
$84,000: Blake Farenthold (R-TX), alleged sexual harassment, 2014
A staffer alleged that Farenthold
would talk about his “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about his spokeswoman.
Farenthold denied some of the allegations, but acknowledged that he
“allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too permissive
and decidedly unprofessional,” and that he had “angry outbursts” and
didn’t always “treat people with the respect they deserved.” Farenthold has
said he will reimburse taxpayers.
$65,000: John J. Duncan Jr. (R-TN), alleged age discrimination, 2011
John J. Duncan
Duncan’s office terminated Shirley
Taylor on her 66th birthday after colleagues mocked her for her age and Duncan
“expressed his displeasure” about another employee working into her 80s,
according to a lawsuit. Bob Griffitts, the chief of staff, told Duncan that the
staffer had Alzheimer’s disease, which was not true, it says. The chief of
staff told Taylor she was forgetful, but when Taylor asked him for examples,
Griffitts said he couldn’t remember any, according to the suit. Taylor alleged
age discrimination, but Duncan said he’d leave the decision to his chief of
staff, the lawsuit says. Duncan’s office did not return a request for comment.
This settlement remains a mystery. A
staffer to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee sued her in 2011 for allegedly
discriminating against her based on a disability during this time period (“I
don’t give a damn about her disability,” she said, according to the lawsuit). However, that court case dragged on to 2015, and
nothing indicates it was settled. Therefore, it does not appear to be this
case. Jackson Lee has been called an abusive employer on Capitol Hill and had the highest turnover in her office, according to a 2013
analysis. Spokesman Mike McQuerry would not tell TheDCNF if she had ever
settled with any employees.
The list does not name the member,
but this is the only settlement fitting the description of the Meeks case in
the relevant time period, and Meeks spokesman Jordan Morris did not deny that
it is the same settlement.
Andrea Payne, a former Meeks staffer,
filed a lawsuit “to recover for damages sustained by plaintiff when
Representative Meeks violated her Constitutional rights by retaliating against
her, and ultimately terminating her employment, because of her sexual assault lawsuit,” attorneys
wrote. Payne underwent physical therapy at a medical office owned by the spouse
of Joan Flowers, a Meeks donor and political operative who at one point served as treasurer of
Meeks’ campaign. She said she was physically assaulted there, and she pursued
criminal and civil charges.
Flowers “came to Representative
Meeks’ office in an agitated state,” and Meeks said “when he received
complaints from one of his campaign contributors he must treat the matter very
seriously” and told Payne he was not going to pay her for overtime work she had
performed, the lawsuit says. Meeks fired her and denied her unemployment
insurance by saying she’d left voluntarily.
Meeks later said in a deposition that
she was fired for writing a letter to the Federal Election Commission flagging
improprieties in his campaign finances. But according to the lawsuit, that
letter wasn’t written until after she was fired, and Meeks’ own wife
contradicted his testimony on that point.