Intro to Sexual Harassment Training
Sexual Harassment Training is not an easy topic to talk about, but the state of California is making every employee and employer in California have to have some serious discussion about it.
Sexual harassment training is one of the most valuable aids that any company can make available to its employees and one of the most important steps to creating a workplace free of harassment.
Many states have put in place Anti Sexual Harassment Laws, and California is one of them.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment in California is defined as:
” State regulations define sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser. “
One of the shocking statistics is that, in 2018, the Equal Opportunity Commission reported 7609 sexual harassment charges. So this means that there were a whopping 13.6% more cases than the reported figure in the previous year.
This increase can be attributed to many things, but probably the main reason is awareness. While Sexual Harassment is illegal under Federal and State Law, many people are still not aware of what it means.
Federal law forbids sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Sexual harassment is illegal under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
All employees need to be careful and understand what is considered sexual harassment. So let’s look at what can be considered sexual harassment in the state of California.
In addition, California Law AB 2053 requires businesses with more than 50 staff members to include anti-bullying and abusive conduct training.
What Is Considered Unwanted Sexual Harassment in the State Of California?
There are several different categories to consider:
- Verbal Sexual Harassment
- Cyber Sexual Harassment
- Physically Aggressive Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Assault
Also, there are many aspects to be considered to determine whether the behavior is severe or persistent:
- Consider the context within which the incident took place.
- What were the expectations of both parties?
- What was the nature and value of the relationship involved?
- How many times has this happened before?
- How serious was the incident?
- Was the behavior intimidating or demeaning, or merely an invasive expression or statement?
Sexual harassment and assault pose a significant problem in California.
So now we know how to spot what could be sexual harassment.
Let’s look at what employers need to offer their workers.
What Training Do Employers Need To Provide In California?
Employers have to provide anti-sexual harassment training in a classroom setting, or in an interactive E-learning method.
Be careful picking an e-learning platform that doesn’t provide a platform to ask questions.
This is a requirement from the state of California. Our platform offers you the training, the correct platform to ask questions and much more.
Now, with lockdown due to COVID-19, many employers are opting to do Online Training.
Which Employees Need To Get Trained In California?
Any employer that has five or more employees needs to provide the training to their staff. Employers having five or more employees must train all supervisors in California, as well as nonsupervisory employees in California.
A supervisor is anyone with the authority to hire, fire, assign, transfer, discipline, or reward other employees. Also, employees need to do at 1 hour of the classroom, and 2 hours for supervisory roles.
When Is the Deadline for Training In California?
All employers with more than five employees need to provide the training by January 1, 2021. You will have to provide training within 6 months of hire or promotion and every 2 years thereafter.
You have a more time now, as California extended the deadline from January 1st 2020. However, make sure you comply with the law before the new deadline. As it is doubtful it will be extended again.
Who can provide Sexual Harassment Training In California?
There are three types of qualified trainers: Attorneys who have been members of the bar of any state for at least two years and whose practice includes employment law.
Human resource professionals or harassment prevention consultants with at least two years of practical experience.
Law school, college, or university instructors with a post-graduate degree. Neither DFEH nor any other state agency issues licenses or certificates validating a person’s qualifications to teach sexual harassment prevention, training classes.
We Create A Simple Checklist For Everyone In California
This way you will know exactly what you need to do.
Why Is Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Important?
It’s straightforward. It would help if you had a good workplace environment where every employee feels safe. This safety will help them feel better, work better, and interact better with everyone.
Also, it would be best if you made sure that there is no retaliation.
Retaliation in the Workplace
Retaliation in the workplace takes place when an employer takes adverse action against an employee or an applicant when they engage in an event that is legally protected. The following are examples of retaliation. However, note that these are not the only examples:
- Terminating employees who engage in legally protected actions
- Demoting employees who engage in legally protected actions
- Suspending employees who engage in legally protected actions
- Negatively evaluating such employees
- Refusing to hire such employees, or to consider them for hire.
- Failure to give equal consideration in making employment decisions.
- Adversely affecting working conditions or otherwise denying any employment benefit and failure to make impartial employment recommendations.
What Are My Options For Sexual Harassment Training In California?
The state of California does not offer its own sexual harassment training, so you will have to look for the right fit for you. Remember as an employer you have a “Duty To Prevent” sexual harassment.
One of the best ways to training your employees in California will be with an online platform for sexual harassment training.
We offer a complete solution to your sexual harassment in the workplace:
Small video sections designed to help all employees learn quickly, and efficiently. You can access our training from any device and from any place.
You do not want the liability of your employees not doing their training. We offer a simple way to keep track of every employee, and their status with the training. This way you make sure that everyone performs every step that they are required.
This feature comes for free.
Not only you have a duty to prevent sexual harassment with training, but you also need to have the right policies in place. All your employees need to how to act and react.
Also your policy need to be signed by everyone, which we can do easily in our platform.
This comes for free in our platform.
With us, you will get an entirely anonymous Whistleblower Portal. This portal will help you properly handle any sexual harassment cases, and any other complaints.
Many of these features come for free!
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