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Her complaint likely would have been thrown out because interns have limited harassment protections under the unique employment law that Congress applies to itself.

When settlements do occur, members do not pay them from their own office funds, a requirement in other federal agencies. Congressional employees have received small settlements, compared with the amounts some public figures pay out. The statistics do not break down the exact nature of the violations.

Instead, the confidential payments come out of a special U. Like Hollywood, where allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein touched off the recent #Me Too campaign, the Capitol Hill environment is dominated by powerful men who can make or break careers.

Briony Whitehouse was a 19-year-old intern in 2003 when she boarded an elevator in the Russell Senate Office Building with a Republican senator who, she said, groped her until the doors reopened.

West was moved into an advisory position before he left Meadows’s office permanently.

Under a law in place since 1995, accusers may file lawsuits only if they first agree to go through months of counseling and mediation.

A special congressional office is charged with trying to resolve the cases out of court. Treasury has paid $15.2 million in 235 awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations, according to the congressional Office of Compliance.

The office’s legislative director, a married man in his 40s, began paying attention to her in ways that became increasingly uncomfortable: adding her on AOL Instant Messenger, offering her rides home, saying she resembled his college girlfriend, and ultimately suggesting he pick her up from school so they could have lunch.