As 2017 wraps up, while the many sexual harassment cases that have arisen will be a “thing of the past,” we can now expect going forward that more is going to be done to raise awareness surrounding the issue of workplace harassment. Starting January 2018, Arizona state employees are going to be required to go through “a 30-minute training on the computer between January 2, 2018, and March 30, 2018. The training is for all state employees and they will be required to retake the training every year going forward.
Whether you are just starting a new job or have worked for the state for years, you will be subjected to participating in this harassment prevention training.
While this might seem like a step in the right direction, one concern that seems to stand out is that state lawmakers will be exempt from the training as members of the legislature, according to Phoenix New Times. So, representative Don Shooter of Yuma would be exempt from the training, even though several women have come forward voicing sexual harassment allegations against the Republican. But, he is currently suspended from his chairmanship and he hasn’t taken the steps to begin the resignation process.
One question many might be asking themselves is how effective is this training going to be given certain individuals, primarily the ones who are guilty of sexual harassment, don’t have to participate? Because sexual harassment has become the issue that it has, it is important that everyone go through training to avoid anyone from claiming they didn’t know that what they were doing was a form of harassment.
What will the training entail?
Aside from being required to designate 30 minutes to the training, participants will be shown slides that will require them to “identify situations of inappropriate office conduct, such as an employee repeatedly asking a colleague out on a date.” Another example they may be given has to deal with how they would handle a situation where they overhead some employees joking about another co-worker of theirs.
Besides the fact that the training will provide employees with valuable information and feedback, it shouldn’t cost the state any additional money as it will be conducted at work.
While this type of training is developed to help reduce the number of sexual harassment cases that arise, it is likely that misconduct will still occur. And if you are the victim of sexual misconduct and are in need of legal advice, USAttorneys.com would be glad to put you in touch with a local Yuma, AZ sexual harassment lawyer. Many individuals aren’t sure whether they have a legitimate case on their hands or which approach to take in terms of addressing the issue. That is where a Yuma sexual misconduct attorney can be rather helpful. If you would like help in locating a lawyer in your area now, call USAttorneys.com