Sexual harassment remains a serious area of concern for employers. Sexual harassment lawsuits spur record settlements and damage awards to victims. Employers bear liability for harassing acts that supervisors and employees commit.
Sexual harassment is not the only type of unlawful harassment prohibited in the workplace. It is illegal to harass an employee based on the employee's race, national origin, religion or any other protected characteristic.
This section explains the behaviors that constitute sexual harassment and the laws that prohibit harassment in the workplace. You will learn under which circumstances your company will be held liable for the acts of your employees, supervisors, managers and even non-employees. You will find how some individuals can be held personally liable for their acts in addition to making the company liable. This section also discusses procedural aspects of harassment claims and what you should do when you learn, directly or indirectly, that an employee is being harassed.
This section also includes information on the California law that mandates sexual harassment training for all supervisory positions.