Most managers or supervisors are aware that fines and lawsuits are brought against companies that ignore 'sexual harassment.' Unfortunately many managers don't know what constitutes harassment, or what they should do if it occurs. Further complicating things, is that recognizing sexual harassment can be difficult. Conduct that might appear harmless to one person could be harassment to others.
As a result, it is very helpful to managers/supervisors to have additional training to recognize, prevent, and respond to complaints. Many states have adopted laws that require training for managers. For example, On September 30, 2004, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill called AB 1825. This new law requires employers who operate in California and who employ 50 or more persons to provide all supervisory employees two hours of sexual harassment training every two years. Employers must complete the first round of training for supervisors by January 1, 2006.
Laws that guide either training or enforcement of issues relating to sexual harassment have passed in many states including California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Vermont. Employers in those states should consult with Human Resource experts to ensure they are providing adequate and appropriate training.
The goal of this course is to train managers to recognize, to report, and to prevent incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Know why understanding sexual harassment in the workplace is important.
Know the responsibilities of the company and managers.