After 18 months of work examining the myriad and complex issues associated with harassment in the workplace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace has issued a comprehensive 88-page report. The report stresses the importance a workplace culture in which harassment is not tolerated, and urges employers to offer harassment prevention training “on a dynamic and repeated basis to all employees.”
The Task Force, which was composed of 16 members from around the country, including law professors, sociologists, psychologists, employee lawyers, management attorneys, employer advocacy groups, and organized labor, held a series of meetings, heard testimony from more than 30 witnesses, and received numerous public comments. The Task Force report provides detailed recommendations for harassment prevention, including a chart of risk factors that may permit harassment to occur, effective policies and procedures to reduce and eliminate harassment, and recommendations for future research and funding, and also includes a toolkit of compliance aids for employers.
As you might expect, the subject of harassment prevention training was central to the Task Force report. “