How House members quietly sidestep harassment claims

“It’s extremely troubling that there’s all these different ways of avoiding even minimal oversight,” said Emily Martin, general counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. The Office of House Employment Counsel “seems to be a really opaque structure, within a process itself that’s hard for victims to understand [and] hard for people to figure out how to navigate. This is just one more layer of confusion and one more layer of obscurity that keeps the public from understanding what’s going on here.”