Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) are getting accolades for their “Me Too” Act to combat harassment on Capitol Hill. The bill would end taxpayer-funded settlements for members of Congress, but otherwise it only protects victims working on Capitol Hill.
How about protecting the over 70 million women in workplaces everywhere else? A provision in the GOP Senate tax cut plan, to be debated after Thanksgiving, would eliminate the tax deductibility of settlement payments and legal fees in sexual harassment workplace cases if the settlement includes a confidentiality clause.
Transparency will unmask offenders instead of enabling them. And the unfairly accused will fight back to protect their reputations, rather than going along with secret settlements that cost them nothing.