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EEOC weighs in: Most sexual harassment training doesn’t work

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Harassment trainingTwo years ago, the EEOC, troubled by the high numbers of sexual harassment complaints it continues to receive, commissioned a study of the problem. In June 2016, the resulting report—Select Task Force Report on Harassment in the Workplace—issued a sobering verdict on the effectiveness of decades of workplace harassment prevention and training efforts.

For the most part, they don’t work.

THE LAW Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination because of sex. In a 1986 decision, Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that sexual harassment victims could obtain damages under Title VII.

In two landmark 1998 cases, Faragher v. Boca Raton and Ellerth v. Burlington Industries, the U.S. Supreme Court gave employers a safe harbor from liability if they provided employees with multiple avenues to report harassment and quickly and professionally investigated the complaints. In response, employer...(register to read more)

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