Training Your Employees on Harassment


A very common misperception in the employment law arena is that if employers conduct sexual harassment training (or any other type of harassment training), the number of claims will increase because employees will be thinking about co-worker conduct and whether it rises to the level of harassment.  However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. 

Not only does harassment training tend to decrease the number of complaints, primarily because employees are more mindful of their conduct and what can be viewed as “offensive”, but also training employees can be used as an affirmative defense if a lawsuit ever does get filed (i.e., the employer exercised reasonable care to prevent or correct inappropriate conduct in the workplace).

If it has been more than a year since your last harassment training, now is the time to offer a refresher.