The state of California has broken yet another glass ceiling by providing employers with a free online training resource about sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is offering a one-hour class for non-supervisory employees and an on-line class for supervisory employees is in the works.
California broke new ground several years ago when it passed a state law requiring employers with five or more employees to provide sexual harassment training to staff members every two years. The California law requires one hour of training on sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention for nonsupervisory employees and two hours of such training to supervisors and managers.
Completion of the DFEH classes fulfills the legal requirement under the California law. At the conclusion of the training the worker receives a certificate of completion.
The trainings feature harassment scenarios drawn from real cases and span a wide range of industries. Participants must take quizzes to show mastery of the material.
The classes are interactive and optimized for mobile devises. The training will eventually be available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog.
Both state and federal law prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace.