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This Note argues that for Title VII to adequately combat workplace sexual harassment on a national scale, the EEOC needs stronger enforcement authority. Though Congress intended the EEOC to be the main mechanism for enforcing Title VII, it is currently too limited by federal law. Using the framework employed by the Obama Department of Education with Title IX, the EEOC can enforce Title VII in a way that not only remedies individual cases of widespread sexual harassment but also institutes a sea of change within workplace policies as a means of proactively addressing sexual misconduct, similar to how Title IX did so with sexual assault policies on campuses. This will require both legislation from Congress and a change in strategy by the EEOC that resembles OCR’s enforcement of Title IX under the Obama administration.

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