Maryland, New York State, and New York City are the latest jurisdictions to pass legislation in the wake of the #MeToo Movement. New York joins California, Connecticut, and Maine in legally requiring sexual harassment prevention training in the workplace.

Highlights of these #MeToo laws include:

  • Maine: Workplaces must display a poster describing sexual harassment with examples - which cannot exceed a 6th grade reading level.  
  • Connecticut: The required interactive sexual harassment trainings must include a question and answer session.  
  • California: Trainings must include information on harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, presented by trainers with expertise in those areas.  
  • Maryland: Certain employers must provide the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights with information on settlements of sexual harassment claims.
  • New York State: Sexual harassment training requirements apply to all employers regardless of size.  
  • New York City: Trainings must include information on bystander intervention. 

Do your sexual harassment policies and trainings comply with the quickly-changing legal landscape on sexual harassment in the workplace?

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