GOP Staffer Allegedly Fired For Standing Up To Sexual Harassment

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The Iowa GOP Senate allegedly has a “locker room culture” when it comes to sexual harassment. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola,
hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Despite reports of bad behavior, supervisors in the Iowa Senate Republican caucus office struggled to curb a “locker room” environment where jokes about sex and race were the norm, a former employee told Polk County jurors Tuesday morning.

Kirsten Anderson, a former communications director for the caucus, was the first witness to testify a trial in her lawsuit against the state alleging that she was bullied and sexually harassed on the job and ultimately fired in May 2013 as retaliation for raising concerns. The state attorneys defending the case don’t dispute all of Anderson’s accounts of lewd behavior in the office, but contend she was fired after months of problems with the quality of her work.

The team that Anderson worked on functions as the staff to Republican members of the Iowa Senate, helping with policy research, administrative work for different committees and aiding communications between senators and voters in their districts. There were just three female senators in the 18-member Republican Senate caucus when she was hired for the communications job in 2008, Anderson said.”*

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