☷US Department of Labor hosts online roundtable to promote safety prevent sexual assault harassment in the trucking industry | U S Department of Labor
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US Department of Labor hosts online roundtable to promote safety; prevent sexual assault , harassment in the trucking industry Rep . Eleanor Holmes Norton joins national ‘Day of Action’ event WASHINGTON – The U . S . Department of Labor held an online roundtable today to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment in the trucking industry , and discuss how industry stakeholders can work together to combat these concerns by promoting strategies to ensure safe and inclusive work environments . Wendy Chun - Hoon , director of the department’s Women’s Bureau , moderated the discussion . She was joined by Rep . Eleanor Holmes Norton , and representatives from the U . S . Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , the U . S . Department of Transportation , Teamsters Local 710 , S . H . E Trucking , Grand Island Express and Futures Without Violence . “People employed in the trucking industry – especially women – are entitled to feel safe in their workplace , ” stated Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh . “Our economy depends on a healthy supply chain supported by a strong trucking industry with motivated workers who should never fear for their personal safety at work . The Biden - Harris administration and trucking industry’s leaders commitment to combating sexual harassment and workplace violence is vital to our nation’s well - being . ”Organized by the departments of Labor and Transportation , the event coincides with the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and answers the Biden - Harris administration’s call for a national “Day of Action” to raise awareness and advocate for the prevention of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the trucking industry . This event also aligns with the Biden - Harris administration’s Trucking Action Plan , which seeks to improve training and safety standards to recruit , train and retain drivers from underrepresented communities . “For too long , widespread – and often unchecked – incidents of sexual assault , violence and harassment in the trucking industry have damaged lives , destroyed careers and steered women away from pursuing trucking jobs , ” said Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun - Hoon . “The Day of Action is an important step toward bringing industry stakeholders together to denounce sexual violence and harassment , effect meaningful change and , we hope , to inspire similar actions in other historically male - dominated occupations and industries . ” The Women of Trucking Advisory Board , a key part of the Trucking Action Plan , has been established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the U . S . Department of Transportation to work together with drivers and trucking organizations to help eliminate barriers that keep women from entering and staying in the trucking profession , including sexual assault and sexual harassment . View a list of employers’ commitments and statements .
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