Back on Oct. 9, 2018, New York became the fourth state to pass legislation to insist that all employers provide their employees with mandatory sexual harassment prevention training. State legislators decided to give employers a year to train their staff, but New York City (NYC) officials have since passed additional legislation that will go into effect this April. These requirements will largely be the same.
Is your employer shirking his or her responsibility to prevent sexual harassment on the job?
Over the past year, an increasing number of women and men who have been subjected to sexual abuse have been empowered to come forward and share their experiences on social media and with others. In hearing these stories, many who were either harassed or assaulted have had to relive their very own traumatic situations, some of which they'd kept secret for decades.
The New York State Office of the Attorney General defines sexual harassment as any type of gender-based discrimination that involves some type of unwelcome sexual conduct. They note that it can come from a co-worker, customer, supervisor or client. It warns that no matter who it comes from, all sexual harassment is illegal.