|The Trump administration is blocking attempts to make workplaces safer for everyone. Take action!|
In this incredible #MeToo moment, many have asked what policymakers should do to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. In 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) tackled this issue by updating a critical resource on unlawful harassment that provides important guidance for workers, employers, and those enforcing the law. The strong, updated guidance explains what constitutes sexual harassment and underscores that sexual harassment includes harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
The EEOC approved the harassment guidance last November and passed it on to the White House for final review. But the Trump administration has been sitting on it ever since. Given the long delay and the administration’s hostility toward the rights of women and LGBTQ people, we’re concerned that this important guidance won’t ever be released.
As recent events make clear, employers desperately need to understand their obligations to protect their employees from harassment. This guidance would help businesses understand what actions constitute unlawful sexual harassment, including harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Given the history of allegations against the President, it is not especially surprising the Trump administration is failing to show leadership in addressing sexual harassment. But let’s be clear: the administration is doing something worse than nothing. It is blocking attempts to make workplaces safer for everyone.
The Trump administration — through the work of extremists like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos — has chipped away at the civil rights of LGBTQ people and women whenever possible. Now they are taking aim at our right to be free from sexual harassment, and we won’t allow it. Take action now.
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