Friday, January 13, 2017

Building a Sexism-Free Workplace - WORKFORCE

by Rita Pyrillis
Originally published:January 12, 2017

Despite federal, state and municipal protections for workers, sexual bias remains a persistent problem.

Sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on national origin, sex and religion. Yet despite federal, state and municipal protections for workers, it remains a persistent problem, according to the EEOC’s special task force on the study of workplace harassment, but there are things that employers can do to create safe environments for women and all workers.

Here are some recommendations from the 2016 report:

Employers should assess their workplaces for risk factors associated with harassment — like a lack of diversity or a culture that tolerates or promotes alcohol use — and explore ideas for minimizing those risks.