In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) established a Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. The Task Force was co-chaired by EEOC Commissioner Feldblum and Lipnic and included attorneys for both management and plaintiffs as well as advocacy groups for employers and employees and scholars who study harassment. The Task Force reviewed all aspects of workplace harassment and methods to prevent it and address it when found to occur. On June 20, 2016, the EEOC held a public meeting at the headquarters in Washington, D.C. where the Task Force presented findings. The EEOC issued a report on the Task Force’s study of harassment in the workplace which focused on preventing harassment. A copy of that report can be found by clicking here.
The Task Force report found that nearly one third of the discrimination charges received by EEOC included an allegation of workplace harassment. According to the Task Force’s report, employer leadership is critical in whether harassment occurs or is prevented. The report emphasizes how a culture of non-harassment that starts at the top of an organization, and when trained correctly, middle-managers and first-line supervisors can be an employer’s most valuable resource in preventing and stopping harassment.
The Report includes the Task Force’s recommendations which include:
Employers should consider training as part of a harassment prevention program.In light of this report, containing recommendations issued by a Task Force created by the EEOC, it is a good time for employers to evaluate their harassment prevention efforts.
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