SHRM Testifies before EEOC on Workplace Harassment

Jan 15, 2015

Yesterday morning, January 14, SHRM testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”) on harassment in the workplace.  The EEOC reached out to SHRM several months ago seeking a witness who could discuss effective practices to prevent and combat workplace harassment.  EEOC Commissioners have expressed concern about the fact that harassment is alleged in approximately 30 percent of all charges filed with the Commission.

Providing testimony on behalf of SHRM was Patricia Wise, an attorney with 30 years of experience in employment law and co-chair of the SHRM’s Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel.  Patty has also written a book, Harassment in the Workplace: Sexual, Racial and Religious Complaints. SHRM’s testimony highlighted SHRM research surveys on workplace harassment and identified steps employers should take through training, policies, and investigations to prevent and address harassment.

During the hearing, Chair Jenny Yang announced that the Commission will create a task force co-chaired by Commissioners Vicki Lipnic and Chai Feldblum to “convene experts from the employer community, workers' advocates, human resources experts, academics, and others in a broader effort to identify effective strategies that work to prevent and remedy harassment in the workplace.”  During the hearing, Commissioner Feldblum thanked SHRM for our efforts to provide training and educational opportunities to HR professionals on this subject.  After the hearing, several Commissioners inquired about SHRM’s interest in assisting with the task force.

SHRM’s testimony can be read HERE.


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