The #MeTooMovement has brought a high awareness on sexual harassment in the workplace. The state of California now requires businesses with 5 or more employees, which includes independent contractors and temporary employees in that number, to have Sexual Harassment training every 2 years. AB1825 requires one-hour training for non-managers and two hours for managers. All businesses must complete the required training by 1-1-2021.
Even though there was a drop in the number of sexual harassment cases last year, the monetary costs increased. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stated that cases settled, were at nearly $70 million, much higher than previous years.
EEOC data on Sexual Harassment over the past 3 years:
- 2017—$46.3 million
- 2018—$56.6 million
- 2019—$68.2 million
Number of sexual-harassment filed with the EEOC:
- 2019 —7,514
Sexual Harassment includes hostile workplace and bullying. A survey taken in 2017 on bullying in the workplace shows:
- 14.5 million American workers stated they were being bullied
- 15.4 million American workers stated, they had been the victims of workplace bullying before, but not in 2017
- 23 million American workers witnessed workplace bullying
- 7.5 million American workers know it has happened to others.
In order to avoid costly lawsuits, it is important to schedule trainings, now, for your employees.
For more information on in-house instructor lead trainings or HR laws contact:
KuhelBreez HR Consultant