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Sexual Harassment Training by State

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

The following chart covers private employer requirements by state for sexual harassment training and related record retention or notice communications. Please refer to Training and Development > State Requirements and EEO Harassment > State Requirements for information on states with only notice or posting requirements addressing sexual harassment, but no training requirements, or that have industry-specific harassment prevention requirements.

For comprehensive coverage of posting requirements, please refer to State Workplace Labor and Employment Law Posters.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) encourages, but does not require, employers to conduct sexual harassment prevention training. States marked N/A may encourage - but don't require - employers to conduct sexual harassment prevention training. In addition, industry-specific harassment prevention requirements may apply and/or certain employers may have compliance requirements as a result of a public contract, a collective bargaining agreement or a settlement agreement/consent decree. However, employers in all states should consider providing sexual harassment training in order to minimize liability risks due to a supervisor's inappropriate comments or because of a supervisor's failure to adequately address a harassment incident.

Additional guidance in this area can be found in the Train an Employee Task.