Connecticut companies with 50 or more employees are required to provide training on sexual harassment prevention to all of their supervisory personnel.
A "supervisory employee" is broadly defined as any individual who has the authority, by using his or her independent judgment, to hire, suspend, lay off, promote discharge, assign, or discipline other employees, or who has the responsibility to direct them, or to adjust their grievances, or to effectively recommend such actions.
All new supervisory employees must be trained within six months of their assumption of a supervisory position.
The sexual harassment prevention training must last at least two hours. The content of the training session is mandated by regulation and must include such things as a description of the federal and state laws prohibiting sexual harassment, a definition of sexual harassment, a discussion of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment, a description of the remedies available, and a discussion of strategies to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
Employers are encouraged to provide an update of legal interpretations and related developments concerning sexual harassment at least once every three years.
In light of recent cases on sexual harassment, smaller employers should also consider training their supervisors in sexual harassment prevention.
In addition, all employers may want to conduct awareness training for non-supervisory employees so that they are aware of what is acceptable conduct in the workplace and the procedure to follow should they believe they have been subjected to inappropriate behavior.
- Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence (A National Resource Center)
- Facts About Sexual Harassment
- State Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities
- Federal Regulations
- Common Mistakes Regarding Sexual Harassment Complaints
- Tips for Increasing Employee Awareness & Preventing Sexual Harassment
- FAQ: Sexual Harassment