Employers Risk Increase of Liability While Complying With New California Sexual Harassment Training Law

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While employers are in a frenzy to implement online sexual harassment training by the December 31, 2006 deadline for AB 1825, California's sexual harassment training law, they're unaware that they may be using training that could actually increase their liability.

"There is a lot of bad sexual harassment training out there, and it poses a serious threat to unsuspecting employers," said Robert D. Lipman, Esq., employment law litigator and President of Interactive Employment Training, Inc.

"Many online courses focus on complex legal principles that are misunderstood and/or outdated," Lipman adds. "Others leave electronic trails of wrong answers to course questions or encourage supervisors to independently investigate sexual harassment claims." These features can come back to haunt employers in litigation, he explains. For example, if a supervisor incorrectly investigates a claims of sexual harassment, he can create employer liability.

The potential impact of this problem cannot be ignored. The scope of AB 1825 is enormous since it purports to require training for supervisors outside of California who direct employees in California.

Employers can avoid this trap by carefully choosing their training program. Lipman explains, "To avoid these pitfalls, we have created courses that explore practical responses to real life issues. HRTrain.com's training encourages supervisors to identify potential problems and communicate with human resources or upper management. Our courses also encourage trainees to explore different responses to questions instead of tracking right and wrong answers."

"A good sexual harassment training program should also include a zero tolerance message from a member of upper management and the employer's own discriminatory harassment prevention policy," said Lipman.

Interactive Employment Training, Inc.(IET), http://www.hrtrain.com, founded in 1995, provides online sexual harassment training solutions that are based on common sense and sound instructional design.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.


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