Think doing nothing is the best way to handle sexual harassment allegations in the workplace? Think again. The City of Oceanside California and one of its police officers recently were hit with a $1.5 million judgment after a fellow employee sued for sexual harassment. The plaintiff endured a “pattern of ongoing sexual harassment” that was so intense, she was eventually forced to quit her job. The abuse went unchecked for over six weeks before the City took any action.
Nearly unanimous in its 11-1 verdict, the jury found the officer involved to be 25 percent responsible and the City 75 percent responsible, leaving no question about whether or not ignoring illegal behavior is the best way to handle harassment allegations. Employers are well advised to ensure that all managers/supervisors are trained on their responsibilities under the law in light of this verdict.
Since August 17, 2007, California state law has mandated that employees who perform supervisory functions in a company with 50 or more employees take sexual harassment training. To help employers meet this obligation, Western Growers University is offering an interactive, two-hour AB 1825 compliant Sexual Harassment Prevention Workshop on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The workshop will cover legal definitions and obligations pertaining to sexual harassment and employment discrimination and educate attendees on how to correctly address such issues. Consequences of sexual harassment on both the individual as well as the organization will also be addressed.
This IN-PERSON workshop is being offered in both English and Spanish at Western Grower’s Fresno office, 7575 North Palm Suite 101, Fresno, CA 93711. Advanced registration is required.
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