WITH ALL the recent talk in Washington about sexual harassment and the need for heightened awareness and stricter laws, one thing has been left unsaid: Laws on the subject do not apply to Congress.
Nor do other employment discrimination laws. Nor wage and hour laws. Nor Social Security laws.
It isn't that the matter simply slipped the minds of members of Congress. The latest civil rights bill under debate in Congress would also exempt members of Congress and their staffs. So would the pending Family Leave Act, which is designed to guarantee employees unpaid time off from their jobs for circumstances such as childbirth or terminal illness.
Congress is quite willing to set workplace rules for others but reserves the right to do as it pleases when it comes to their own shop.