Two days ago we reported that an Australian study revealed that only a small handful of female doctors had ever received training relating to sexual harassment by patients, which the study showed was rife. We said that this statistic is, alas, not all that remarkable given our experience with US employers, most of whom conduct no harassment training at all, for either managers or employees.
We advised that training would go a long way towards changing these unfortunate statistics.
Employers should already know that under a 2005 California law, all supervisors in companies or entities in that state with 50 or more employees are required to take two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years.
We recommend highly that all employers, large and small, similarly require this training not only for supervisors, but for all employees. It is a good business practice and will pay big dividends in savings from the enormous costs (and aggravation) of litigation.