Michigan State Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

How can sexual harassment training in the workplace protect my company from liability in Michigan?

Michigan Sexual Harassment Training Requirements: Under the Disability Bias Law (Mich. Comp. Laws Ann., § 37.1212), Michigan requires the Department of Civil Rights to offer sexual harassment training programs to employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies to help them understand the laws regarding sexual harassment. 

This training should include the layout of a proper complaints process, and remediation steps once a complaint has been filed. The laws in Michigan encourage immediate action against sexual harassment that the employer knows about or should have known about. The laws also highly encourage any private and state employers to make sure all employees complete sexual harassment training in order to create a safe work environment and reduce liability in sexual harassment cases. For more on Michigan’s sexual harassment policies, visit The Michigan Department of Civil Rights Webpage.

The EEOC is the federal governing body that describes and enforces sexual harassment and discrimination laws. Read more at (EEOC Harassment). According to the EEOC sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).

In 2018, the EEOC found that out of 2,473 workplace discrimination charges filed in Michigan, 28.6% were related to sexual harassment. These 707 charges constituted 2.9% of the total sexual harassment charges filed in the US in 2018. For more statistics on workplace discrimination in Michigan

There are a number of steps the EEOC recommends that employers take to reduce their chances of liability for sexual harassment claims.

  1. Implementing a strong and well understood sexual harassment policy.
  2. Providing a robust sexual harassment training program for training employees and supervisors.
  3. Establishing an effective complaint and grievance process, within which the employees do not have to fear retaliation.
  4. An employer should act Immediately to investigate any complaint or grievance.
  5. The employer should take immediate steps such as disciplinary action to stop harassment.
  6. Employees should be encouraged to confront the harasser directly and inform them that the conduct is inappropriate as well as informing management and Human Resources

Sexual Harassment Training Tip: Prevention is the BEST tool.

By ensuring that employees understand and are well trained in workplace sexual harassment policies, employers can greatly reduce their chances of being liable for monetary damages in sexual harassment cases.

Our onsite Sexual Harassment training seminars are also available in the following Michigan hotels:

  • Detroit

    Comfort Inn Downtown Detroit
    1999 E. Jefferson Ave.
    Detroit, MI, 48207

  • Grand Rapids

    Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport
    3063 Lake Eastbrook Blvd.
    Grand Rapids, MI, 49512

  • Warren

    Holiday Inn Express Warren
    11500 E. 11 Mile Rd.
    Warred, MI, 48089

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