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Protect Your Company From Sexual Harassment Suits

Last updated on February 22, 2021

The DeVito Law Group provides a number of services specifically catered to the needs of employers, including sexual harassment prevention training, investigations into claims of harassment and discrimination, and reviewing and drafting of employee policy handbooks.

Is sexual harassment prevention training required?

Recently, the law in California has changed. All employers with more than five employees are required to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees within six months of assuming the supervisory position. All supervisory personnel must be trained once every two years.

How can sexual harassment prevention training lessen an employer’s exposure to liability?

The Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA) makes it unlawful for an employer to fail to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent harassment from happening. With the right training, employers may prevent sexual harassment from occurring and avoid any sexual harassment lawsuits altogether. At the very least, sexual harassment prevention training may help employers meet the “reasonable steps” requirement. Failure to meet the minimum requirements of the law requiring sexual harassment training may demonstrate an employer’s reckless disregard for the law, thereby forming the basis for an award of punitive damages in a lawsuit for sexual harassment.

What does the DeVito Law Group‘s training program offer that traditional programs don’t?

The DeVito Law Group has provided large and small companies with sexual harassment prevention training for more than 10 years. Our experts have successfully represented employers and employees in a variety of legal matters, including harassment and discrimination for more than 13 years. By having worked on both camps of the litigation spectrum, our attorneys are knowledgeable about the types of conduct that give rise to actionable sexual harassment, proper investigatory procedures and measures for the prevention of sexual harassment.

The DeVito Law Group provides employers with training courses for the prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination for management and line-level employees. Courses, which run two to four hours in length, provide comprehensive information and guidance regarding federal and state laws prohibiting sexual harassment and the remedies available to victims of harassment. The courses are tailored to the specific needs of each company within an interactive forum designed to instruct in the prevention of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and proper investigatory procedures through practical illustrations and quizzes.

Investigation services

Employers have a legal obligation to investigate all claims of harassment and discrimination promptly, thoroughly and impartially. Our experts at the DeVito Law Group are skilled professionals in interviewing witnesses and evaluating credibility in all types of claims involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation. We conduct prompt and exhaustive investigations, and we provide a detailed analysis and determination of our findings.

Employee policy handbooks

Our professionals at the DeVito Law Group review and draft employee manuals and policy and procedures handbooks on behalf of employers. We work closely with clients to customize policy and procedures materials to the specific needs of their employees and in accordance with the requirements of their specific industry. We also review and revise existing policies and procedures materials to ensure compliance with the law.

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