As allegations of sexual harassment by men in powerful positions are cropping up nationwide, the Alaska State Legislature is not an exception.

Lawmakers have created a working group to address the issue, after allegations of sexual misconduct by Rep. Dean Westlake (D-Kiana), and allegations that Sen. David Wilson (R-Wasilla) harassed a female legislative staff member and slapped a reporter in Juneau. 

What kind of policy changes should Alaskans expect from the six-member group?

In a live interview on KTVA's First Take at Five, Rick Birdsall, an HR consultant with The Growth Company, discusses how lawmakers should broach the subject of harassment to assure the public that allegations are taken seriously.

Birdsall also shares his thoughts on Westlake's course of action, following an announcement that Westlake will hold a press conference Monday

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