EEOC Proposes Updated Workplace Harassment Guidance to Protect Workers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has invited the public to comment on its proposed “Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace.” The Federal Register posted for public inspection and published the EEOC’s notice of this proposed guidance and a request for comment.

The proposed guidance is available for review at, and the public is invited to submit comments and view the document via the federal e-regulation website at until Nov. 1.

The updated proposed guidance reflects notable changes in law, including the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, the #MeToo movement, and emerging issues, such as virtual or online harassment. It also explains the legal standards and employer liability applicable to harassment claims under the federal employment discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC. These laws protect covered employees from harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, transgender status, and pregnancy), national origin, disability, age (40 and older) or genetic information.

The EEOC offers other resources addressing and address harassment in the workplace. More information is available at

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