Laws have been enacted to protect employees against sexual harassment in the workplace, however there are still frequently incidences of this type of behavior in places of business. Women and men can both be victims of sexual harassment, which can be as minor as a lewd comment or as serious as an unwanted touch. Even with laws in place to protect employees harassment of this nature often goes undocumented.
There are various reasons why this behavior goes undocumented, such as an employee being too embarrassed to report the incident or more malicious reasons. In some situations when a harassment report has been filed it may be dropped without being resolved in the event it is one employee’s word against another person’s.
Beginning in the early part of 2000 the state of California has made it a priority to eliminate sexual harassment from the workplace to ensure a harassment free and safe environment. One of the strategies in California is to ensure sexual harassment training is a part of businesses and to make certain this training is taken advantage of by companies it has become law for any business with over fifty employees.
In California any business with more than fifty employees must provide two hours of sexual harassment training to management, which has been designed to educate. Management is trained to be familiar with the forms of sexual harassment, who may be a victim of this behavior and how the incident should be reported. The law requires this training be repeated every two years by the management employees in a business.