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    Union turns blind eye to “pervasive” sexual harassment

    October 14, 2022 // Teamsters Local 455 in Colorado was accused of fostering a hostile work environment for allowing ‘pervasive’ sexual harassment. The union is charged with violating federal law for failing to take action against its business agent, despite being notified that he had sexually harassed and verbally assaulted female staff. Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act protects the union’s employees from harassment at work. It also requires Local 455 to respond to sexual harassment complaints by supervisors, between coworkers, or involving customers or clients. A union representative, however, has no legal duty to review or respond to sexual harassment claims by union members. Though, they can take on that duty in their own Codes of Conduct or collective bargaining agreements. Eisenberg & Baum, LLP, a New York-based law firm whose gender discrimination and sexual harassment attorneys work with employees in unions across the country, explains, however, that may not always lead to the best outcome