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Legislature to pay $1.3 million for harassment at Capitol

SALEM -- The Oregon Legislature will pay $1 million to nine victims of harassment at the Capitol, settling a complaint by state labor officials that has put a cloud over the 2019 session.

In a deal announced Tuesday afternoon, legislative leaders also agreed to push harder and by certain deadlines to reform work behavior at the Capitol.

The settlement followed private talks between top legislators and representatives from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

The bureau said in January that it found substantial evidence that not only were employees and legislators themselves harassed, but that Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, as well as administrators responsible for responding to harassment allegations, were ineffective in handling their . . .