There is a long history in our country of distrusting our elected officials -- especially those in Congress. These feelings of distrust can be intensified when a congressman is embroiled in a scandal regarding improper conduct such as sexual harassment or extramarital affairs. While having an affair might not be illegal, creating a hostile work environment for employees by either actions or words certainly is, and when an elected official is accused of something of this nature, it can be harmful to that person's career.
Of course, the real victim isn't the person who could lose his or her congressional seat; it's the person who has been subjected to the inappropriate behavior. And while most large employers have training in place to demonstrate to employees what inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, the U.S. House of Representatives does not.