How can sexual harassment training in the workplace protect my company from liability in Maine?
Maine Sexual Harassment Training Requirements: In the state of Maine, all employers with fifteen or more employees are required provide training to all employees, including supervisors. This training must be completed within one year of their start of employment.
The training must include and describe:
- Illegality of sexual harassment
- The definition of sexual harassment under state and federal laws and federal regulations, including the Maine Human Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII
- A description of sexual harassment, utilizing examples
- The internal complaint process available to the employee
- The legal recourse and complaint process available through the commission
- The protection against retaliation as provided under Title, section 4553, subsection 10, paragraph D.
Additional sexual harassment training must be provided for supervisory and managerial employees within one year of commencement of employment.
The Maine Human Rights Commission states that Maine law does not specifically require interactive training or training of any particular duration, but has noted that interactive training is considered to be the most effective. View The Legislature Here.
The EEOC is the federal governing body that describes and enforces sexual harassment and discrimination laws. Read more at (EEOC Harassment). According to the EEOC sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).
The EEOC found that in 2018, of 25 workplace discrimination charges filed 40% were related to sexual harassment.
There are a number of steps the EEOC recommends that employers take to reduce their chances of liability for sexual harassment claims.
- Implementing a strong and well understood sexual harassment policy.
- Providing a robust sexual harassment training program for training employees and supervisors.
- Establishing an effective complaint and grievance process, within which the employees do not have to fear retaliation.
- An employer should act Immediately to investigate any complaint or grievance.
- The employer should take immediate steps such as disciplinary action to stop harassment.
- Employees should be encouraged to confront the harasser directly and inform them that the conduct is inappropriate as well as informing management and Human Resources
Sexual Harassment Training Tip: Prevention is the BEST tool.
By ensuring that employees understand and are well trained in workplace sexual harassment policies, employers can greatly reduce their chances of being liable for monetary damages in sexual harassment cases.
Our onsite Sexual Harassment training seminars are also available in the following Maine hotels:
357 Odlin Rd./I-95
Bangor, ME, 04401
Holiday Inn Portland by the Bay
88 Spring St.
Portland, ME, 04101