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 TillersonJuan Williams: The high price of working for Trump Graham jokes to Pompeo: You're the 'longest-serving member of the cabinet, right?' Trump moves to install loyalists 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. 

Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenWinners and losers from first fundraising quarter Election analyst says Gillibrand doesn't have 'horsepower to go the full distance' Gillibrand campaign links low fundraising to Al Franken backlash: memo MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersMembers spar over sexual harassment training deadline Reparations bill wins new momentum in Congress Overnight Health Care: Pelosi asks how to pay for single-payer | Liberal groups want Dems to go bigger on drug prices | Surprise medical bill legislation could come soon MORE Jr. (D-Mich.), Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdMembers spar over sexual harassment training deadline Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Lawmaker seeks to ban ex-members from lobbying until sexual harassment settlements repaid MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and others have announced in recent months their retirement or resignation in the face of accusations of misconduct.

More than a dozen women have accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE of sexual misconduct, which he has denied. Several Democratic senators late last year called for hearings on the allegations.