Originally published: July 12, 2017
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently convened a Task Force to investigate harassment in the workplace. The Task Force found that almost one-third of the 90,000 Charges of Discrimination the EEOC received in 2015 involved workplace harassment. It concluded that workplace harassment remains a "persistent problem." While the Task Force found that several factors contributed to workplace harassment, it believed three main areas needed to be improved for harassment to decline in the workforce.
- First, the Task Force determined that there must be a stronger commitment from management to ensure workplace harassment is not tolerated.
- Second, the Task Force concluded that employers must have established policies and practices in place that hold employees accountable for engaging in harassing conduct, and which permit employees to report harassing conduct.