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Former Iowa statehouse staff speaks out about sexism in the capital

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

A fired Iowa statehouse staffer is speaking up about inappropriate comments and sexual harassment at the statehouse.

Kirsten Anderson served as the state republicans' communication director for five years before she was fired in May.

She claims she was harassed by male staffers and senators-- and she has filed a civil rights commission complaint.

In the complaint, she says the staffers and senators talked openly and negatively about women.

One even asked her about a sexual encounter with her husband.

Anderson also mentioned several people who she says did not do anything to stop the inappropriate behavior, including Senator Bill Dix.

Earlier this may, Dix told WHO-TV that he doesn't tolerate harassment in the office and he believes they provide a professional work climate. Dix has not yet returned a phone call from KWWL.

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