EEOC Seeks Public Input on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment Featured

  11 January 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has voted to release for public input a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment under federal employment discrimination laws.

The proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment is available for input until February 9, 2017 at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EEOC-2016-0009. The proposed guidance, explains the legal standards applicable to harassment claims under federal employment discrimination laws.

Between fiscal years 2012 and 2015, the percentage of private sector charges that included a harassment claim increased from slightly more than one-quarter of all charges annually to over 30% of all charges. In fiscal year 2015, the EEOC received 27,893 private sector charges that included an allegation of harassment, accounting for more than 31% of charges filed that year. In the same year, federal employees filed 6,741 complaints alleging harassment - approximately 44% of complaints filed by federal employees that year. Read more here.

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