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How has California addressed sexual harassment in the workplace?

Despite the ever-growing awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace, the problem still exists in all U.S. states. Many workers are forced to endure these unwanted behaviors because they need their jobs. In today’s world, those suffering from sexual harassment can seek and typically find an effective legal solution. However, many choose not to for fear of how it will affect their employment and their way of life.

On the state level, governments across the nation are striving to reduce or ultimately even end workplace sexual harassment. These efforts typically revolve around training for all employees and implementing policy. Some of the sexual harassment prevention laws employers must abide by in the state include the following.

  • Creating and defining policies and procedures that address workplace sexual harassment
  • Posting the government-sanctioned “California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination and Harassment” poster
  • Distributing written information about sexual harassment to all workers
  • Provide sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisors every two years
  • Provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees every two years
  • Include a training component addressing the prevention of abusive conduct

Of course, there are specific requirements within the topic areas discussed above with which employers must also comply. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these requirements so that you can know whether your employer remains compliant with these and other employment laws centered on sexual harassment.

If you are a victim of sexual harassment at work, please consider reaching out for legal assistance. This can help to remedy your situation and possibly prevent other workers in the state from suffering a similar fate.


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