Sexual harassment is only one type of harassment, and it, along with all other forms of harassment, should not be allowed in your workplace. Harassment of any kind has no place in the workplace. If you're an employer subject to federal anti-discrimination laws, you have a legal obligation to provide a work environment that is free from intimidation, insult, or ridicule based on race, color, religion, gender, or national origin. You must also be concerned with preventing harassment because you can sometimes be sued in state courts, depending on your state's anti-discrimination laws.
I get a lot more questions about that course than I used to—I suppose because powerful people have only recently begun to encounter limits on their abusive behavior. Instead, they ask me: Does it work, or is it mere theater? You will always do whatever amuses you. But, if you sit through my training, we can prove we tried. Employers are automatically legally responsible when supervisors harass employees. Supervisors are just as prone to fall into that 10 percent or 5 percent as anyone else, as recent events have shown. So, yes, sexual-harassment training does work, in the sense that it helps employers manage legal liability.
Under Local Law 96 of , employers with 15 or more employees are required to conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training for all employees. Effective April , employers must ensure all employees are trained annually, beginning with Calendar Year , and every year thereafter. The training is available here.
We hear you. We believe you. We see you. When it comes to sexual harassment and sexual assault in science, the evidence is clear.