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Sexual Harassment Awareness, Prevention, Investigation and Handling

California employers with 50 or more employees or independent contractors are required to provide certain specific sexual harassment prevention and investigation training to its supervisors at least every two years.  The next deadline is January 1, 2016.

It is unlawful for any California employer “to fail to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent discrimination and harassment from occurring.” Government Code section 12940(j), (k). An employer who misses the January 1, 2016 deadline is exposed to potentially greater liability in the event of any future sexual harassment claim.  Failing to provide that training is, by definition, failure to take a reasonable preventative step.  Thus, any covered employer who misses the deadline should arrange for the required training as soon as possible.

For more specifics on the training requirements, see our blog posts “Required Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for California Businesses” and “The Many Faces of Harassment in the Workplace.”

This firm specializes in representation of employers in all phases of the legal process, including policy implementation, dispute resolution and litigation defense.  Over nearly 20 years, this has enabled Mr. Bowles to develop employment-related seminar materials for business owners and human resources managers nationwide.

Our harassment seminar includes:

    • a live lecture with printed materials
    • PowerPoint presentation
    • video demonstrations of unlawful conduct
    • a session-ending investigatory scenario in which all participants can apply and demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamentals in this critical field

The seminar topics include:

    • what constitutes unlawful harassment under current federal and California law
    • the major types of sexual harassment, including the circumstances that will render supervisors personally liable for their unlawful actions
    • the steps all supervisors should take to prevent company liability, including possible punitive damages
    • the workplace policies an employer can impose to place reasonable limits on romantic relationships between employees
    • the critical do’s and don’ts in fielding a sexual harassment complaint

We can provide this required interactive seminar in a working environment that best suits your operations:

    • At your location: For larger companies, we can provide an on-site seminar at your place of business. The fee is currently $1,500 for groups up to 30 supervisors, with reasonable additional charges for larger groups and travel distances over 30 miles from our Pasadena office.
    • Scheduled location: We periodically host open admissions seminars in Pasadena. The fee is currently $65 per attendee.

Seminar length is approximately two hours. For more information and/or scheduling questions please contact our office via email or call us at: 626-583-6600.