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California Senate leader Kevin de León will hire two outside firms to look into allegations of a widespread culture of sexual harassment in the state Capitol.

State Sen. Kevin de León speaks in Boyle Heights on Oct. 16, 2017. (Credit: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

State Sen. Kevin de León speaks in Boyle Heights on Oct. 16, 2017. (Credit: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

De León announced Monday he has hired the law office of Amy Oppenheimer to conduct an external investigation into harassment and assault allegations, and the consulting firm CPS HR Consulting to review Senate policies on harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

De León also sent letters to lobbyists in the Capitol community detailing how existing rules protect non-employees.

“There’s always more employers can do to protect their employees,” De León said in a statement. “Everyone deserves a workplace free of fear, harassment and sexual misbehavior and I applaud the courage of women working in and around the Capitol who are coming forward and making their voices heard.

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