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California law mandates sexual harassment training for employees

Most people have certain aspects of their jobs that they dislike. For some, those factors can be much more serious than just a basic resistance to certain job functions. Some people are unfortunate enough to experience sexual harassment while at work. Though sexual harassment has been against the law for some time, it can be difficult to prevent. This is why lawmakers in California passed legislation that requires certain employees to have sexual harassment training.

The state Senate bill was enacted in the fall of last year. It says that any employer with more than five employees must have those employees receive training in recognizing, preventing and reporting sexual harassment. Previously, the law stated that only supervisor-level employees who work for companies with more than 50 employees had to have the training. All employees must have at least one hour of training, while those who serve as supervisors are required to have two hours.

The laws have been changing over time, to increase the protections for potentially-vulnerable employees. The training will also encompass other potential areas of discrimination, such as race and disability. Some communities are taking it upon themselves to offer the training to the the community at large, though courses are also available online for those who need to make use of them.

Sexual harassment is always wrong, and in the workplace it can have particularly dire consequences. Those who have experienced sexual harassment while on the job, or any type of discrimination, may find it beneficial to speak to an experienced employment law attorney. California workers have a right to be treated fairly and feel comfortable at their workplace.

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