Why is workplace harassment part of the regulations?

Equal Employment Opportunity

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups continue to have very low participation rates in many apprenticeship programs.  The apprenticeship Equal Employment Opportunity regulations are intended, in part, to support sponsors in expanding the diversity of their apprenticeship workforces.  Protection from harassment promotes a workplace environment in which all apprentices feel safe, welcomed, and treated fairly.  This, in turn, benefits apprenticeship sponsors by increasing retention of valued apprentices and enhancing recruitment success with other qualified individuals from underrepresented groups.  As apprenticeship programs strive to achieve greater diversity, it is important to prevent individuals from experiencing harassing situations when they are simply trying to do their jobs.

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