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California sexual harassment rules support employee rights

Sexual harassment has no place in the work environment. In California, one of the basic employee rights is the right to be free from harassment and discrimination. There are current laws in place against the practice that require training, but a recent proposed state bill aims to strengthen the policy. 

Under current state law, employers with 50 or more employees must require supervisors to undergo at least two hours of sexual harassment training. In light of the recent publicity surrounding the “Me Too” movement, one state senator aims to expand the bill and require all workers of companies with five or more employees to undergo the same amount of training with updates every two years. She believes that the changed law will contribute to a culture shift where sexual harassment will be less of an issue. 

The bill was introduced with another female government member. The recent awareness movement brought to light harassment issues in the state government as well as in Hollywood. Since that time, at least four members of government have stepped down, along with numerous actors and others. 

The bill, known as SB 1343, instructs employers to offer information to their employees on how to report incidents of harassment. If individuals in California feel that their employee rights have been violated by harassment, or if they were reprimanded or ignored by their supervisors following a report of the incident, they may wish to take steps to remedy the situation. In these instances, many have been aided by the experience and knowledge of an attorney. 

Source: The Sacramento Bee, “Sexual harassment training for nearly all California workers if Democrat gets her way“, Taryn Luna, March 14, 2018