Legislators required to watch sexual harassment video that’s not for public viewing

State legislators, staff and interns will be required to watch a 15-minute video on sexual harassment that is not being made available for public viewing, reports The Tennessean. The video will serve as training in sexual harassment that was mandated under a new policy adopted during last year’s Jeremy Durham scandal.

Connie Ridley, director of Legislative Administration, described the video “covering all aspects of the law along with examples of the types of circumstances which might create a hostile discriminatory practice.”

Ridley said the state entered a one-year contract valued at $1,295 with ATS Media, a Chicago-based company. The firm was recommended by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

…Ridley said the public and media are not able to obtain or view the training because it was “provided at a cost per person so it is only available to employees of the legislature.”

When The Tennessean offered to pay for access to the video, Ridley said the cthe legislature entered into with ATS Media provided video training for “legislative personnel only.”

…Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, said legislative members will be given “supplementary material” and will be required to sign a certificate of completion once they complete their training. Harwell did not specify what type of supplemental material.

Later in the afternoon, Kara Owen, a spokeswoman for the speaker, said Harwell was referring to “what will be the ongoing efforts of ensuring members are aware of the policy, follow up and feedback from members and staff ensuring the training was successful and any materials we come across that might be relevant to our policy in the future.”

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