Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) campaign has pledged to have a strong policy in place, hoping to reflect the prioritization she has placed on sexual harassment and assault in the Senate. Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s operation has talked to lawyers about implementing a policy in the exploratory phase of his run. And a broader conversation is taking place among other prospective campaigns about enhanced vetting of hires, improving the means by which someone can report a claim, and other reforms to cultivate an environment with equitable wages and treatment.
The efforts have sped up in recent weeks amid concerns from prospective staffers that such safeguards remain absent from campaign operations. Early last year, a New York Times story detailed how Hillary Clinton shielded an adviser accused of inappropriate conduct during her 2008 presidential campaign. Just this month, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), took responsibility for a former aide’s harassment lawsuit while saying she was unaware of it at the time. And Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has publicly apologized twice for allegations that have been reported against individuals working on his 2016 presidential campaign.