Are California Employers Responsible for Harassment Prevention Training?
At the Leichter Law Firm, APC, the Los Angeles employment law attorney, Aryeh Leichter, knows there may be some confusion about which California employees must undergo sexual harassment and abusive conduct training, and who is responsible for providing the training.
California takes sexual harassment and abusive conduct in the workplace very seriously, as both are against the law. This means someone must outline the difference between right and wrong, so that both employers and employees remain compliant.
Here is what California workers need to know about the requirements.
Who is Responsible for Providing Sexual Harassment Training to California Employees?
According to the California Civil Rights Department, the law requires that all employers with five or more employees provide one hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to nonsupervisory employees, and two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training for supervisory employees.
This training must be provided every two years to educate and remind all California employers and employees what is — and is not — acceptable behavior in the workplace.
This includes any participation in either type of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. Quid pro quo harassment occurs when an employer or supervisor makes employment decisions based on an employee’s submission to or rejection of sexual advances. Hostile work environment harassment occurs when an employee is subjected to unwelcome sexual conduct that is severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive or intimidating work environment. Both are illegal and in violation of the employees’ rights.
Are Temporary and Seasonal Employees Required to Receive Sexual Harassment Training in California?
Yes. If employees are hired to work less than six months, they must receive sexual harassment training within 30 calendar days from their start date — or within 100 hours of their employment — whichever comes first.
Independent contractors, volunteers, unpaid interns, or any employees located outside of California are not required to undergo sexual harassment training in California.
Employers who are required to provide sexual harassment training must do so free of charge to employees. They may do so online, in person via a certified trainer, or through a hybrid approach.
Contact the Leichter Law Firm, APC Sexual Harassment Attorney in Los Angeles, California
If you have been sexually harassed by an employee, supervisor, or from another person with whom you share a work-related relationship, contact Aryeh Leichter, the Leichter Law Firm, APC founder, and employment law attorney in Los Angeles County today to discuss the legal remedies that may be available for your unique workplace circumstances today, starting with a free consultation by calling 818-915-6624 or contacting the firm online.