Mississippi State Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

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

Mississippi Sexual Harassment Training Requirements: While Mississippi does not have any specific legal requirement for sexual harassment training for non-government workers, sexual harassment training in the workplace is highly recommended. Workplace sexual harassment training can help an employer avoid costly lawsuits and reduce liability to the employer. Sexual harassment training is a large step toward eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace all together.State and federal government workers are required to complete sexual harassment training within one year of commencement of work. The training can be online or in person. Most states recommend interactive training as it has been proven to be the most effective. Read more about Mississippi’s sexual harassment training at Here.

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).

The EEOC found that in 2018, 31% of 1,658 workplace discrimination charges filed in Mississippi were related to sexual harassment. These 514 charges constitute 2.1% of the total sexual harassment cases filed in the US in 2018. For more statistics on workplace discrimination in Mississippi.

In 2015, a Mississippi company paid a $150,000 settlement to a female worker who was sexually harassed by a supervisor. She rebuffed the supervisors aggressive advances, and was subsequently retaliated against and ultimately terminated. These actions were found in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and thus the company was liable for monetary damages for allowing a continued hostile work environment. Read more on the case and settlement.

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 Mississippi hotels:

  • Gulfport

    Hampton Inn & Suites Gulfport
    15580 Daniel Blvd.
    Gulfport, MS, 39503

  • Jackson

    Courtyard Jackson Ridgeland
    6280 Ridgewood Ct.
    Jackson, MS, 393211

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