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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has proposed new “Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace” and has invited the public to comment on it.
What are the details?
The proposed guidance, which reflects changes in law and addresses emerging issues, can be reviewed on the EEOC’s website until November 1, 2023.
It explains legal standards and employer liability regarding harassment claims under federal employment discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC. These laws protect employees from harassment based on various factors such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or genetic information.
Key points of the proposed guidance include updated examples of harassment scenarios, incorporation of current case law on workplace harassment, and addressing the impact of digital technology and social media on creating hostile work environments.
The EEOC’s new Strategic Enforcement Plan prioritizes preventing systemic harassment and protecting vulnerable workers from underserved communities.
The EEOC’s efforts to combat workplace harassment also include the issuance of technical assistance documents and recommendations to prevent and address harassment. The public is encouraged to provide input on the proposed guidance to enhance workplace harassment prevention and enforcement.
For more information, please see the links below:
What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links above including the top takeaways and next steps as provided by the Fisher Phillips law firm and be on the lookout for more updates to come on this proposal.
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