Sexual harassment hearings began Tuesday as the California legislature is roiled by accusations and resignations.
An Assembly Rules Subcommittee is reviewing current policy and hearing from victims. The subcommittee chair is Assemblywoman Laura Friedman. She says lawmakers must weigh due process for the accused against confidentiality for the victim in making their recommendations for new laws.
”Because the other thing that will prevent people from coming forward who are victims is thinking that their identities are going to be fodder for discussion and gossip, so it’s a delicate balance.”
She says at the core of the issue is the victimization of ordinary women who, in the past, would never have dared to hope for justice.
“The woman in the hotel who cleans the rooms, the waitress in the back of the house; all of these people are women out there who have to go to work every single day afraid, or feeling demeaned and knowing that there’s no choice for them, that if they quit, they may not be able to find another job and they won’t be able to put food on their family’s table.”
Assemblywoman Friedman was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
By Sandy Wells