The Phoenix City Council voted today to take the first steps toward passing a sexual harassment policy for elected officials.
“Harassment happens at all levels of government. The city of Phoenix needs a way to handle harassment complaints when the accused is an elected official. Victims need to know that they will be heard,” said Councilwoman Kate Gallego, who lead the charge on addressing this issue.
This process began after allegations arose against members of the Arizona State Legislature, and the councilwoman realized that there was no process in the Phoenix charter for dealing with accusations of harassment by elected officials.
“This is an important first step to create a long-overdue sexual harassment policy for elected officials,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “It’s a clear message that no one should be above the law, and that in Phoenix every person should feel safe and empowered to speak up when something is not right.”
“I’m proud that we are taking this first step today to do our part. I look forward to working with my colleague Jim Waring, who has been an invaluable ally in this effort, in bringing forward a complete policy to this council soon.” Gallego added.