Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley Schedules Hearing on Misconduct in the Federal Judiciary

Jun 05, 2018

Following lackluster proposals from the courts, Committee will examine harassment in the judiciary

WASHINGTON Following the release yesterday of a report on workplace misconduct by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts (AOUSC), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced a hearing on the topic of sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct in the federal judiciary. Grassley also released the following statement:

“The Chief Justice of the United States and his team have had nearly six months to draft a report and propose serious solutions to the problem of sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct in the federal judiciary. After the Kozinski scandal and other allegations, it was a real chance to undertake reforms. But in too many ways, this vague report kicks the can down the road. It leaves to other part-time advisory committees the key task of formulating specific policy changes. It appears victims could be left wondering to whom they can report, with little instruction or transparency in the process or resolution.

“Nearly every federal agency has an independent watchdog guarding against misconduct. And all federal entities—except the courts—have meaningful remedies, guidelines and procedures for addressing workplace harassment. It’s time for the federal judiciary to catch up.”

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled: “Confronting Sexual Harassment and Other Workplace Misconduct in the Federal Judiciary.” The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Grassley first began seeking information regarding AOUSC’s processes to respond to internal reports of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement following whistleblower complaints last year. After public reports on judicial misconduct and more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct by Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, Grassley instructed his staff to work with the AOUSC on a finding a way to prevent such misconduct in the future and hold accountable those who commit it.

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