Federal Judiciary Leaders Drop Survey Question About Wrongful Conduct

Federal judiciary officials removed a question about witnessing “wrongful conduct in the workplace” from a training registration form after almost three dozen judiciary staffers answered in the affirmative.

Officials from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts removed the question from the form, which was released last week to the thousands of law clerks and judge assistants who work for federal judges across the country, but only after 34 of 40 employees said that they had “witnessed wrongful conduct in the workplace,” according to The Washington Post.

A spokesperson for the office told the Post in an email that “this was an unfortunate administrative error. No more — no less,” and said that the question was overly broad and that the number of responses was too low to reveal any significant information or trends.

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