Cal/OSHA Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors
Senate Bill 1343 (SB 1343) Online Training Certification Course
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This course presents an overview of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Employers. Proper preventative training can help decrease incidents of sexual harassment, and training on the correct actions to take when harassment occurs can help create a safer, more welcoming workplace. This course will help you understand your responsibilities and prepare you for how to take action should an incident occur.
What are the governing regulations? This online course satisfies the training requirements for the Cal/OSHA Senate Bill 1343 (SB 1343) Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
Who must take this training? Mandatory sexual harassment prevention training has been a requirement in California since 2005, which is when Assembly Bill 1825 (signed by the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 2004) went into effect. On January 1, 2019, another law went into effect that changed the parameters of sexual harassment prevention training. California Senate Bill 1343 (SB 1343) requires sexual harassment prevention training for businesses with five or more employees. It extends to all employees (full-time, part-time, and temporary employees or independent contractors), not just supervisors.
Case Study: Medina Rene worked as a butler for the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was one of many employees on the all-male staff. An openly gay man, Rene was subjected to verbal and physical harassment from his supervisor and co-workers. His co-workers routinely referred to Rene as "she" and "her" and subjected him to physical conduct of a sexual nature. Rene sued, but the trial court and a panel of the federal appeals court initially ruled that his claims of discrimination were not valid under Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination. Upon appeal, a federal appeals court declared that Title VII protects people from sexual harassment regardless of sexual orientation
Key Takeaway: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' 2002 ruling changed how U.S. courts viewed sexual harassment. Sexual harassment need not occur between a man and a woman, and it need not occur because the harasser has sexual desire for the victim. Rene's case illustrates how the courts viewed sexual harassment in the past, and how courts now view harassment cases, thanks to the diligence and appeals of victims like Rene.