The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Jan. 4 said that it was encouraged by report findings that Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing Co. has made “observable progress” in establishing zero tolerance for sexual harassment at the company’s assembly plant in Normal, Ill.

The report, mandated by a June 23, 1998 consent decree settling allegations of sexual harassment at the Normal plant, was filed with U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade on Dec. 17. The 1998 settlement was the largest monetary settlement in the history of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and included the distribution of $34 million to approximately 500 women who had been employed at Mitsubishi.