• EEOC Releases Public Comment Draft Enforcement Guide on Workplace Harassment
  • March 22, 2017 | Author: Joseph R. Hugg
  • Law Firm: Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. - New Orleans Office
  • On January 10, the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee released for public comment a draft enforcement guide on how to identify and prevent workplace harassment. The proposed guidance explains legal standards that apply to harassment claims based on sex, race, national origin, disability or other protected characteristics. In 2015, the EEOC received 27,893 private-sector charges alleging harassment, which equaled more than 31 percent of total charges filed with the agency. Last year the 16-member harassment task force completed its work and released a report co-authored by EEOC Commissioners Chai Feldblum and Victoria Lipnic urging employers to "reboot" their harassment prevention efforts. The EEOC set a February 9 deadline for comments.