The Leadership Conference to USCCR: Federal Workplace Needs Clear Processes for Discrimination, Harassment Claims

Contact: LaGloria Wheatfall, [email protected], 202.548.7160

WASHINGTON – Tamara E. Chrisler, managing director of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will testify today before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on “Federal Me Too: Examining Sexual Harassment in Government Workplaces.” Chrisler’s testimony highlights the need to create a workplace culture with clear, timely policies for processing discrimination and harassment complaints.

“The culture of an agency plays a vital role in whether an employee will report claims of discrimination or harassment,” Chrisler says in her testimony. “Certain agencies maintain long-standing practices of ‘toughening out’ unprofessional behavior, and anyone who challenges that practice is seen as disloyal to the agency and not a team player. This vicious cycle is toxic to a workplace, yet it is part of many workplaces.”

Chrisler’s testimony offers recommendations to improve the federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints process and restore confidence in a system that many complainants have experienced as unresponsive and ineffective. These recommendations include:

  • Change the culture of the agency
  • Build trust in the EEO process
  • Incorporate administrative inquiries into agency procedures
  • Increase training for agency EEO and human resources staff, and managers
  • Implement required cooperation and workplace climate surveys

Read her full testimony.

View the live stream of the hearing at 9:10 a.m. ET. Chrisler’s panel is scheduled to begin at 1:10 p.m. ET.

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