Q. How often should a company conduct sexual harassment training for its supervisors?
A. When it comes to supervisors, training should take place both upon hiring (during the orientation process) and then at least once a year after that.
Remember, training serves two purposes. First, it obviously is intended to teach supervisors how to identify and help put a stop to potentially illegal harassment in the workplace. Of equal value, it sends a signal that the company takes harassment issues very seriously.
If the company is ever sued, it also helps establish a defense that the company has crafted a program designed to stop harassment in the workplace. The EEOC has indicated that an effective training program is a necessary part of any overall anti-harassment policy.
Therefore, periodic training not only educates the supervisors who attend, but protects the company over the long haul.
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