Norton to Open New York City Human Rights Commission Hearing on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Today
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the first woman to chair the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will give opening remarks at a public hearing on sexual harassment in the workplace today, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., at the CUNY School of Law’s Dave Fields Auditorium, 2nd Floor (2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY). Norton served as NYC Human Rights Commissioner from 1970 – 1977 and held the first public hearings in the country on discrimination against women, seen as so significant at the time that the hearings became a commercial paperback book, Women’s Role in Contemporary Society, the Report of the New York Commission on Human Rights. Norton was appointed EEOC Chair by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and issued the first federal guidelines holding sexual harassment to be a violation of equal employment laws, and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld those guidelines.
“It will be a special homecoming to open hearings before the Commission I chaired 40 years ago on the challenges we face today in confronting sexual harassment in the workplace,” Norton said. “From my work at the EEOC, to my service in Congress, I have seen women themselves take the steps that are creating a more equal workplace, but sexual harassment still pervades nearly every major sector of society, including the halls of Congress. I look forward to working with the Commission and others who will be testifying at today’s landmark hearing on steps we in Congress can take to eliminate workplace sexual harassment.”
Norton introduced a bill to subject Congress and its agencies to the very same comprehensive civil rights laws and federal health and safety standards that currently apply to executive branch and private sector employers.