by S.E. Smith
Originally published: June 25, 2016
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just released a damning report on the state of harassment in the United States.
The findings are ugly. One third of the 90,000 complaints filed in 2015 revolved around harassment accusations. Despite decades of effort, people continue to experience abuse at work because of who they are.
On Monday, the agency held a in-depth conference to discuss the report and their recommendations in the hopes of spurring meaningful action on the issue. With Americans enduring everything from systemic racial abuse to rape on the job, it’s clear that the United States is doing a very poor job of addressing workplace safety.
One of the most striking findings of the report was that three out of four American workers who experience harassment don’t bother to report it. Many times, these individuals fear that no action will be taken or that they will become targets of retaliation.