Kevin de Leon

Harassment claims shine light on California Capitol partying

California's Capitol is awash in allegations of sexual harassment, creating an atmosphere that's affecting how men and women interact.

Holding meetings over drinks or winding down at a bar after a hectic day in the Legislature is a regular part of business in Sacramento, where policymaking and deal-cutting often depend on personal relationships. After-work campaign fundraisers and other evening events provide numerous opportunities for colleagues to do business and socialize.

Those days may not be gone, but there's unquestionably a changed sensitivity toward them.

Jodi Hicks, a lobbyist and partner at the women-led Sacramento firm DBHK, said after she gave a radio...