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Politico – How the federal government hides sexual harassment payouts

Executive branch agencies don’t uniformly track claims or report details of settlements paid out via a federal fund – “Requests for information about the broad scope and total cost of sexual harassment settlements from the Treasury Department, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and more than a dozen federal agencies yielded no clear answers. An administration official, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about the process, acknowledged that the figures are difficult to compile because agencies don’t track the settlements separately from other harassment claims that touch on everything from an employees’ age to religion. A federal fund run out of the Treasury Department, known as the Judgment Fund, distributes billions annually — more than $4.3 billion in fiscal 2016, the most recent year available — to pay financial judgments and awards against the United States on a range of issues, including sexual harassment claims…”

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