They are despicable and belong behind bars. Yet they’re not, and you, the taxpayer, are responsible for cleaning up the devastation they caused.
California has paid more than $25 million in three years to settle sexual harassment claims against the state and public universities, with most of it paid by taxpayers, the Mercury News reports.
According to recently disclosed information, 92 sexual harassment settlements involving 24 state agencies and 10 university campuses were involved in sex crimes during the three years ending June 30, 2017.
The payouts ranged from $500 for a prison inmate to $10 million paid in 2016 by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to four wards at a state youth correctional facility. The young men said a male staff counselor coerced them into sex acts.
The state does not officially track costs for litigating and settling sexual harassment cases. Officials like to cover this kind of thing up.