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Sexual Harassment Prevention

State-Specific Guidelines and Training

Sexual harassment can disrupt the workplace and cause lasting problems for everyone involved. Not only can it lead to lawsuits and penalties, but it can also damage workplace morale, creating an unproductive, unpleasant, and sometimes even hostile working environment.


Download TrainingToday’s Sexual Harassment Guidelines and Training Report to learn about state-specific sexual harassment training requirements.

What Must Training Include?

Example states represented in this report.

California

Define sexual harassment, with specific examples; explain federal and state harassment laws; describe liability issues; describe employees’ remedies and right of redress; detail forums for adjudicating complaints ( Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)); explain responsibilities of supervisory and managerial employees; define and provide examples of retaliation; explain gender identity and/or LGBT issues and/or protections; and define abusive conduct. Additionally, “bystander” intervention” training is optional but recommended.

New York

An explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the New York DOL in consultation with the New York State Division of Human Rights...

Illinois

Define sexual harassment, with specific examples; explain federal and state harassment laws; provide a summary of federal and state laws prohibiting sexual harassment...

California

Define sexual harassment, with specific examples; explain federal and state harassment laws; describe liability issues; describe employees’ remedies...

New York

An explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the New York DOL in consultation with the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR); explain federal and state harassment laws; describe employees’ remedies and right of redress; detail forums for adjudicating complaints (EEOC and NYSDHR); explain the responsibilities of supervisory and managerial employees; and explain gender identity and/or LGBT issues and/or protections. The organization’s sexual harassment policy, as well as the information presented at the sexual harassment training, must be provided during the annual training.

Illinois

Define sexual harassment, with specific examples; explain federal and state harassment laws; provide a summary of federal and state laws prohibiting sexual harassment...

California

Define sexual harassment, with specific examples; explain federal and state harassment laws; describe liability issues; describe employees’ remedies...

New York

An explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the New York DOL in consultation with the New York State Division of Human Rights...

Illinois

Define sexual harassment, with specific examples; explain federal and state harassment laws; provide a summary of federal and state laws prohibiting sexual harassment, including available remedies; and provide a summary of responsibilities of employers in the prevention, investigation, and corrective measures of sexual harassment. Additionally, training for employees of restaurants and bars must include specific conduct, activities, or videos related to the restaurant or bar industry; an explanation of manager liability and responsibility under the law; and English and Spanish language options.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Know your state-specific sexual harassment training requirements at a glance by downloading TrainingToday's Sexual Harassment Guidelines and Training Report. This report offers state-specific guidelines and training requirements for:
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • New York City
  • Washington