Report: Workplace misconduct in judiciary not common or rare

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group examining the federal judiciary’s policies on sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct says inappropriate conduct is “not pervasive” in the judiciary but also “not limited to a few isolated instances.”

The group wrote in a report issued Monday that of “the inappropriate behavior that does occur, incivility, disrespect, or crude behavior is more common than sexual harassment.”

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts asked that the group of judges and judiciary officials be formed.

In his annual report on the federal judiciary, Roberts promised a “careful evaluation” of its standards of conduct and procedures for dealing with inappropriate behavior.

Roberts’ report came the same month that prominent federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski retired following accusations by women that he had groped them, made lewd comments and shown them pornography.

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