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Press Release 10-18-2018

EEOC Convenes Public Meeting on Steps to Transform Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, October 31, from 9:30 a.m. to noon ET at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. The meeting, entitled "Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment," will be open to public observation.

Earlier this month, the EEOC released preliminary fiscal year 2018 data reporting increases in harassment charges and litigation. Hits on the EEOC's harassment webpage doubled since the start of the #MeToo movement one year ago.

In the Co-Chairs' 2016 Report of the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, EEOC issued recommendations to employers on the key components (leadership, accountability, policies, procedures, and training) for changing an organization's culture and preventing harassment. During this meeting, witnesses will discuss these components and how they can be used to foster civil, respectful, and harassment-free workplaces. The Commission will hear from the following panelists during the meeting:

  • David Bowman, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • Rob Buelow, EVERFI
  • Mary Gentile, Giving Voice to Values/ University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
  • Christine Porath, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  • Alejandra Valles & Veronica Giron, Service Employees International Union West and Ya Basta Campaign
  • Anne Walestad, Boardsource

Seating is limited. Visitors are encouraged 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.

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