EEOC Reconvenes Workplace Harassment Task Force

The task force will hear from a variety of panelists during the meeting.
The task force will hear from a variety of panelists during the meeting.

The #MeToo movement continues to focus on workplace sexual harassment, and, this week, a federal agency reconvened a task force on the same issue. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced they will reconvene their Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.

The Task Force was formed in January 2015 to examine the problem of workplace harassment in all its forms and look for ways harassment might be prevented and eliminated. In June 2016, the task force co-chairs released a report based on the work of the task force and ended the task force. The report recommended changes regarding leadership, accountability, policies, procedures and training as well as developing a sense of collective responsibility.

At the June 11 2018, meeting entitled “Transforming #MeToo into Harassment-Free Workplaces,” witnesses and task force members will address harassment in the workplace in light of the #MeToo movement, and discuss how employers can and have worked to transform themselves and prevent and stop harassment. The meeting is open for public observation.

Katie Culliton, Editor

CalChamber offers an online, interactive 2-Hour California Harassment Prevention Training making it easy to educate supervisors and fulfill compliance obligations. CalChamber also has a version for employees. Learners can take either course in English or Spanish.

CalChamber also offers a free white paper on 10 Things You Might Not Know About Sexual Harassment: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You (members can download the white paper here).

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