Should an employer provide antidiscrimination and antiharassment training to independent contractors?

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

Yes. It is best practice for an employer to provide discrimination and harassment training to all independent contractors as well as all employees (regardless of whether it is required by state law). This is because an employer may be liable for any discrimination or harassment by any third parties, including independent contractors, clients or customers on its premises or under its control, if it knew or should have known about the conduct and failed to take immediate and corrective action.