City Council Could Get Investigator For Sexual Harassment Complaints

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Boston City Hall. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Boston City Council could soon have its own investigator for sexual harassment and discrimination complaints. 

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones attended a meeting of the council's Committee on Civil Rights, where the committee heard from a city Human Resources officer who described the extensive training for managers and supervisors--but who concluded that for the council, with its 13 individual staffs, one go-to person was needed. 

"We have a policy," said Councilor Ayanna Pressley. "We need to make sure everyone's informed about it, and we need to centralize where the reporting happens."

Councilor Josh Zakim said the council needs to have a single person to provide training and investigate complaints. 

"I think it's pretty clear that the city as a whole has some strong policies and good people in place, and we just need to make sure that we're formalizing that," he said. "Make sure that all 13 councilors, individual office staffs and central staff know what these policies are, have a designated staff member that you can report these to."

Zakim said that no complaints have come to his attention--the committee wants to be proactive.

Creation of such a centralized office would be subject to a vote of the full council.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones reports

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