Federal Judiciary Adopts New Ethics Rules Regarding Harassment, Reporting of Misconduct

New ethics rules adopted by the federal judiciary this week make clear that sexual harassment is banned, and that judges and their employees have a reporting obligation when such conduct happens, The ABA Journal reports. The new rules state that reliable information about judicial misconduct as well as judicial disability must be reported. Unwanted, offensive or abusive sexual misconduct is banned, as is “egregious and hostile” treatment of workers. The rules also bar intentional discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disability. Retaliation for reporting misconduct is prohibited. The changes were approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States and take effect immediately.
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