A commission to combat sexual harassment in the workplace needs to be created

A commission to combat sexual harassment in the workplace needs to be created

“Sexual harassment, like sex itself, continues to easily capture headlines, but we go blank when it comes to actually doing something about it.  Solutions are inevitably elusive for personal interactions that are most often unwitnessed and uncorroborated.  Sexual harassment was not even a violation of workplace anti-discrimination laws when I became chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1977, nearly 15 years after Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed. The EEOC held hearings and issued guidelines, finding that sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII, and the Supreme Court subsequently upheld our guidelines as lawful.  Most important, the EEOC officially defined sexual harassment, for the first time, as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature.” The guidelines clarified that the conduct must make compliance a condition of either employment or employment decisions, or it must interfere with an individual’s performance on the job.”

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