Tillerson announces mandatory sexual harassment training for State Dept.

Tillerson announces mandatory sexual harassment training for State Dept.
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonBiden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden's State Department picks are a diplomatic slam dunk President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him MORE said Monday all State Department employees will be required to take sexual harassment training by June 1. 

“It’s not OK if you’re seeing it happening and just look away. You must do something. You must notify someone. You must step in and intervene,” Tillerson told U.S. Embassy staff in Cairo. 

Tillerson said he could not think of a type of treatment that is more demeaning than sexual harassment, Reuters reported.


Tillerson is on a tour of the Middle East, where he is also scheduled to visit Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

Tillerson’s comments come roughly a week after the House passed landmark legislation to overhaul sexual harassment policies in Congress. That bill, if passed in the Senate, would alter counseling requirements and require members of Congress to pay for their own sexual harassment settlements. 

Also last week, two White House staffers resigned while denying allegations of domestic abuse.

The political world has been rocked in recent months by a series of allegations of sexual misconduct. 

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