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Federal judiciary to make harassment complaints against judges public

Federal judiciary to make harassment complaints against judges public
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The federal judiciary will make data on sexual harassment complaints against judges public following concerns from officials regarding the judiciary’s policies on sexual misconduct. 

U.S. Courts Director James C. Duff wrote in a letter that the judicial branch has taken steps to address inappropriate workplace conduct. A working group is in place to further evaluate the judiciary’s policies, and has already made several recommendations, according to the letter, published Wednesday by The Washington Post.

Among the immediate changes are altering the judiciary’s confidentially provisions in its employee handbooks and creating a comment mailbox for comments and suggestions.

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The letter was written in response to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Grassley: Voters should be skeptical of Biden's pledge to not raise middle class taxes GOP to Trump: Focus on policy MORE (R-Iowa) and ranking member Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Pelosi, Mnuchin push stimulus talks forward, McConnell applies brakes MORE (D-Calif.). The two senators wrote Duff earlier in the month to express concern that sexual misconduct was widespread in the judicial branch. 

Concerns over sexual misconduct in the judiciary were sparked after several women came forward to accuse Alex Kozinski, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, of sexual misconduct.

Kozinski resigned, but many current and former law clerks came forward afterward to urge Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to further address the issue within the branch. Roberts said late last year the judiciary would review its policies.

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