In the waning days of the Obama administration, the EEOC issued proposed guidance on how it plans to enforce anti-harassment provisions of several federal laws. The guidance will replace existing guidelines that dated from the 1990s.
THE LAW: Workplace harassment claims fall across several federal laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects workers from harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion. The ADA bars employers from harassing employees based on their actual or perceived disabilities. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers 40 years of age and older.
WHAT’S NEW: The EEOC has asked for public comment on its proposed enforcement guidance. Read the guidance online at www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EEOC-2016-0009. Comments must be submitted by March 21.
Because the guidance relies heavily on existing laws and court decisions, employers will not see much of anything new here....(register to read more)