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PRESS RELEASE
6-8-15

EEOC Task Force to Probe Workplace Harassment at Public Meeting on June 15

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace (STF) will hold a meeting on Monday, June 15, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington D.C.  The meeting, entitled "Workplace Harassment: Examining the Scope of the Problem and Potential Solutions," will be open to public observation.  EEOC staff will also live tweet from the public meeting using the hashtag #SolveHarassment.

The STF, co-chaired by EEOC Commissioners Chai R. Feldblum and Victoria A. Lipnic, consists of representatives of academia and social science; legal practitioners on both the plaintiff and defense sides; employer and employee advocacy groups; and organized labor. 

The first of a number of upcoming public meetings, the June 15 meeting will provide STF members with an opportunity to evaluate the extent of workplace harassment and better understand its root causes and consequences.  The STF also anticipates beginning its exploration of new and creative solutions to harassment in the workplace.  The following panelists are scheduled to appear:

  • Dexter Brooks, Director, Federal Sector Programs, Office of Federal Operations, EEOC
  • Ron Edwards, Director, Program Research and Surveys Division, Office of Research, Information and Planning, EEOC
  • Lilia Cortina, Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan
  • Mindy Bergman, Associate Professor of Psychology, Texas A&M University
  • Eden King, Associate Professor of Psychology, George Mason University

 Seating is limited, and the EEOC encourages visitors to arrive 30 minutes before the meeting in order to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room.  Vsitors should bring a government-issued photo identification card to facilitate entry into the building.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.  Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov