Over the years, California lawmakers have passed and strengthened whistle-blower protections to encourage private and public employees to report wrongdoing at their workplaces without fear of retaliation. But they have deliberately left one group of workers unprotected: their own.
Critics say the Legislature’s reluctance to extend whistle-blower protections in the male-dominated statehouse has contributed to a pervasive culture of sexual harassment and abuse described by women in and around the Capitol last month.
“Welcome to the rules of irony,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore (Riverside County). “The attitude is the rules are for you and not me.”