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Gov. Dayton, DFL Chair Ken Martin Call for Sexual Harassment Training

In the midst of recent spike in both women and men coming forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault allegations, Minnesota lawmakers are calling for training and a review of sexual harassment policies. In the midst of recent spike in both women and men coming forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault allegations, Minnesota lawmakers are calling for training and a review of sexual harassment policies. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV, file

November 13, 2017 11:30 PM

In the midst of recent spike in both women and men coming forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault allegations, Minnesota lawmakers are calling for training and a review of sexual harassment policies. 

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DFL Chairman Ken Martin announced Monday that "all campaigns receiving official party support from the Minnesota DFL Party will be required to attend a training on sexual harassment and workplace conduct."

This comes just a week after a DFL senator Don Schoen was accused of sexually harassing some women and even grabbing a woman from the behind. 

RELATED: Governor Calls for Senator to Resign After Allegations

Ken Martin says the training will be mandatory for all candidates and campaign. He added without the training, campaigns will not be allowed access to the DFL voter file and other key services from the state party. The training will be conducted by a professional facilitator after the state's June 5th filing deadline. 

Two other women have come forward to accuse Republican Rep. Tony Cornish, of Vernon Center, of sexually harasing them. Cornish has admitted texting one of the women, a fellow lawmaker, but said it was congenial. He denied other allegations that he propositioned a lobbyist.

RELATED: Outside Firm to Look Into Cornish Harassment Allegations 

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton also on Monday issued a letter to Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) Commissioner Myron Frans, directing MMB to conduct a thorough review of the Executive Branch's sexual harassment policies, trainings, and procedures. 

The Governor's letter also asked for recommendations on how to create a "welcoming workplace for all Minnesota state employees."

FULL LETTER: Gov. Dayton's Letter to MMB on Sexual Harassment Policies and Trainings 

Many women and men have now come forward to share their stories of alleged sexual harassment and assault against moguls ranging from the entertainment industry to well-known politicians. 

After the New York Times broke the alleged decade-long sexual misconduct of 65-year-old Harvey Weinstein on October 5th, more than 50 women have now come forward to accuse the Hollywood producer of sexual harassment. 

Soon after that, a massive wave of support erupted under the #MeToo campaign were men and women from all over the country shared their experiences of sexual harassment. 

RELATED: #MeToo Highlights Prevalence of Sexual Harassment, Assault 

 


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