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Final Guidance Issued to Prevent Workplace Harassment

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On April 29, 2024, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final guidance on workplace harassment enforcement under equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws.



The EEO laws protect individuals from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, and genetic information. The EEOC issued final guidance on harassment claims on October 2, 2023, replacing earlier documents.


Final Guidance

The EEOC's final guidance includes updated examples, modern scenarios, and emerging issues like social media's impact on a hostile work environment. Key considerations in workplace harassment claims include conduct based on legally protected traits, creating a hostile work environment, and employer liability. Preventive and corrective actions are discussed to establish defenses against liability for workplace harassment.


Employer Next Steps

Employers governed by EEO regulations should familiarize themselves with the latest guidance. They may need to review and adjust their policies and procedures to align with the final compliance guidance. Download the bulletin for more details.


Additional Resources

Summary of Key Provisions: EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace

Questions and Answers for Employees: Harassment at Work

Small Business Fact Sheet: Harassment in the Workplace

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Megan Ware is an outgoing and energetic person who loves meeting new people. Customers appreciate how attentive she is to their requests and how quickly the situation gets resolved. She comes from a family who works in the public sector, so she is happy that her role at National Insurance Services can help people just like her own. As Territory Manager, Megan works with Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota school districts, cities, counties, and hospitals. She is also responsible for establishing relationships with agents and expanding NIS’ presence in western states. Megan is a licensed insurance agent and specializes in life, disability, dental, and vision insurance. She has both a PPACA (Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act) certification and a GBDS (Group Benefits Disability Specialist) designation.