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PRESS RELEASE
6-8-18

EEOC Reconvenes Select Task Force on Study of Harassment in the Workplace

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace will reconvene on Monday, June 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. The meeting, entitled "Transforming #MeToo into Harassment-Free Workplaces: A Reconvening of the EEOC's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace," will be open to public observation.

The Select Task Force, co-chaired in 2015 and 2016 by EEOC Commissioner Chair R. Feldblum and Commissioner and now-Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic, consisted of representatives of academia and social science; legal practitioners on both the plaintiff and defense sides; employer and employee advocacy groups; and organized labor. Co-chairs Feldblum and Lipnic released a report based on the work of the task force on June 20, 2016. The report includes recommendations regarding leadership, accountability, policies and procedures, training, and developing a sense of collective responsibility.

Witnesses and Task Force members will address harassment in the workplace in light of the #MeToo movement, and discuss how employers can and have worked to transform themselves and prevent and stop harassment. The Task Force will hear from the following panelists during the meeting:

  • Elizabeth Tippett, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Debra Katz, Katz, Marshall, & Banks
  • Kathleen McKenna, Proskauer Rose
  • Suzanne Hultin, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Jill Geisler, Power Shift Project, Freedom Forum Institute
  • Kasey Nalls, UNITE HERE
  • Erin Wade, Homeroom Mac & Cheese
  • Jess Ladd, Callisto
  • Lisa Gelobter, tEQuitable

Seating is limited. We encourage visitors to arrive at least 30 minutes before the meeting to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. Visitors should bring a government-issued photo identification card to facilitate entry into the building. The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to our email updates.