2021 Sexual Harassment Training in Your State

Rachael Nemeth
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Co-founder, CEO
January 8, 2021

Sexual Harassment prevention training guidelines vary by state. Some states recommend training; others require training for both managers and non-supervisors.

Here are sexual harassment training guidelines for all 50 states. There are 7 states that require sexual harassment prevention training for private sector employers.

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Washington

State-specific requirements for private sector employers:

Alabama

Training is not required.

For more information, see alabama.gov

Alaska

Training is not required.

For more information, see alaska.gov

Arizona

Training is not required.

For more information, see azag.gov

Arkansas

Training is not required.

For more information, see eeoc.gov

California

Training is required.

For more information, see ca.gov

Colorado

Training is not required.

For more information, see colorado.gov

Connecticut

Training is required.

For more information, see ct.gov

Delaware

Training is required.

For more information, see here

District of Columbia

New Training Law For Tipped Employees

For more information, see here

Florida

Training is not required.

Georgia

Training is not required.

For more information, see ga.us

Hawaii

Training is not required.

For more information, see hawaii.gov

Idaho

Training is recommended, not required.

The Idaho Human Rights Commission states:  Effective policies and employee training can go a long way towards discouraging improper conduct before it becomes serious enough to violate the law.

For more information, see daho.gov

Illinois

Training is required:

For more information, see illinois.gov

Indiana

Training is not required.

For more information, see in.gov

Iowa

Training is not required.

For more information, see iowa.gov

Kansas

Training is not required

For more information, see khrc.net

Kentucky

Training is not required

For more information, see ky.gov

Louisiana

Training is not required

For more information, see here

Maine

Training is required.

For more information, see maine.gov

Maryland

Training is not required.

Massachusetts

Training is encouraged, not required.

For more information, see mass.gov

Michigan

Training is not required.

For more information, see michigan.gov

Minnesota

Training is not required.

For more information, see mn.gov

Mississippi

Training is not required for private sector employees.

For more information, see ms.gov

Missouri

Training is not required.

For more information, see mo.gov

Montana

Training is not required.

For more information, see mt.gov

Nebraska

Training is not required.

For more information, see ne.gov

Nevada

Training is not required.

For more information, see nv.us

New Hampshire

Training is not required.

For more information, see nh.gov

New Jersey

Training is not required for private sector employees.  However, in 2002 (Gaines v. Bellino) the New Jersey Supreme Court held that state courts should consider whether or not an employer made training available to supervisors and all employees when deciding whether or not an employer had been negligent in preventing sexual harassment under state law.

For more information, see nj.gov

New Mexico

Training is not required.

For more information, see nm.us

New York

Training is required.

For more Information, see ny.gov

Note that New York City has also enacted required training, but the content overlaps

North Carolina

Training is required.

All state agencies are required to develop a plan on unlawful workplace harassment that includes training and other methods to educate state employees.See: 25 N.C.A.C. 1J.1101.

For more Information, see nc.gov

North Dakota

Training is not required.

For more information nd.gov

Ohio

Training is not required but state law recommends it.

The Ohio Administrative Code states that: “Prevention is the best tool for the elimination of sexual harassment. An employer should take all steps necessary to prevent sexual harassment from occurring, such as affirmatively raising the subject, expressing strong disapproval, developing appropriate sanctions, informing employees of their right to raise and how to raise the issue of harassment under Chapter 4112. of the Revised Code, and developing methods to sensitize all concerned.”See: Ohio Adm. Code 4112-5-05(J)(6).

For more information, see ohio.gov

Oklahoma

Training is not required.

For more information, see ok.gov

Oregon

Training is recommended, not required.

The Oregon government Technical Assistance for Employers states: The employer should emphasize the importance of its sexual harassment policy through communication and training. Training for staff is essential. Employers should have departmental or unit meetings to explain policies and grievance procedures, so that all employees understand what is prohibited conduct and how to complain about it.

For more information, see oregon.gov

Pennsylvania

Training is required for state employees only.

For more information, see pa.gov

Rhode Island

Training is encouraged, not required.

For more information, see here

South Carolina

Training is not required.

For more information, see sc.gov

South Dakota

Training is recommended, not required.  The South Dakota Division of Human Rights of the Department of Labor and Regulation urges prevention:

Prevention

Making sure it never happens in the first place is the best way to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers should:

  • Take all steps necessary to prevent sexual harassment from occurring.
  • Have an explicit policy against sexual harassment that is clearly and regularly communicated to employees and effectively implemented.
  • Affirmatively raise the subject with all personnel, express strong disapproval and explain the sanctions for harassment.

For more information, see sd.gov

Tennessee

Training is not required.

For more information, see tn.gov

Texas

Training is not required.

For more information, see texas.gov

Utah

Training is not required.

For more information, see utah.gov

Vermont

Training is encouraged, not required.

For more information, see vermont.gov

Virginia

Training is not required.

For more information, see va.us

Washington State

Training is only required for certain industries.

For more information, see wa.gov

West Virginia

Training is not required.

For more information, see wv.gov

Wisconsin

Training is not required.

For more information, see wisconsin.gov

Wyoming

Training is not required.

For more information, see here

As workplace and labor laws continue to evolve, it's important to know your state's sexual harassment prevention training requirements. Delivering training that's accessible and relatable is essential. It ensures a safe and inclusive workplace.

Learn more about how we're pioneering, text message-based sexual harassment training in partnership with Gunderson Dettmer.

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