In California, your company has legal obligations with regard to unlawful harassment:
- You must take steps to prevent unlawful harassment from occurring
- You have a duty to promptly investigate claims of unlawful harassment
- You have a duty to take immediate and appropriate corrective action if you find that unlawful harassment has occurred
- If your company has more than 50 employees, you must also train all supervisors in unlawful harassment for two hours every two years.
- If you are a business owner who is doing all of the above, you could still receive a summons to respond within 30 days to an unlawful harassment or sexual harassment complaint that demands hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. What would you do?
Sexual Harassment Liability
The most common form of unlawful harassment is sexual harassment. However, all the principles of sexual harassment apply to the other “protected classes.”
- Religious creed
- National origin
- Mental disability
- Medical condition
- Physical disability
- Marital status
- Childbirth or related medical conditions
As an employer, it is your responsibility to regulate the work environment. However, you may be liable for an interaction outside the workplace that constitutes harassment.
California Sexual Harassment Prevention and Discrimination Prevention Training
Employment discrimination based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation can be directed at an individual or a group of people. Needless to say, discrimination and sexual harassment prevention is far less costly than dealing with a lawsuit. Vision attorneys hold friendly and fun interactive unlawful harassment and discrimination training that couples with California law under AB 1825.
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