AG Hawley examines rising state payouts for harassment, discrimination

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says increasing costs of harassment and discrimination payouts made by the state are not sustainable. An annual report shows Missouri paid more than $8 million in 2017 in such harassment and discrimination payouts.

The financial burden has prompted Hawley to work with the Women’s Foundation to review of policies used within the state’s agencies that address such illegal behavior.

The attorney general said 100 or more harassment and discrimination cases are currently pending against the state.

His office’s review will identify best practices based on successful approaches taken in the public and private sectors, Hawley said, and it will use these best practices to provide feedback to government entities about their existing policies.

Read more: Missourinet, The Missouri Times

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