Nebraska Democrats are working to address any possible charges of sexual assault through proposals to change their formal code of conduct.
Nebraska Democratic Party chair Jane Kleeb says the recent spate of sexual misconduct charges, and subsequent action taken, wouldn’t have happened even two years ago.
“So, I really do think that this kind of a watershed moment for workplace equality,” Kleeb tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We still have a long way to go, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.”
Kleeb says the party doesn’t address sexual misconduct in its code of conduct. She says that would prevent the party from disciplining any Democrat credibly accused of sexual harassment or assault, such as withdrawing party resources. Kleeb says the employee handbook is being updated to include a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment or sexual abuse in the workplace.
Kleeb adds it will take more than a change in policy to see real change take place.
“I’m under no illusion that just because we have a code of conduct that that’s suddenly going to change the atmosphere,” Kleeb says. “I deeply believe that we need to elect more women.”
Kleeb reasons more balanced gender leadership in all sectors will promote more fairness.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]