Virginia State Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

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

Virginia Sexual Harassment Training Requirements: Virginia does not have any specific legal requirement for sexual harassment training for private sector employees. Sexual harassment training in the workplace is highly recommended for private employers. Sexual harassment training can help an employer avoid costly lawsuits and reduce liability to the employer. 

The Virginia Division of Human Rights investigates complaints of workplace sexual harassment and discrimination, and mediates in such cases often in conjunction with the EEOC. For more information on how workplace sexual harassment is handled in Virginia, visit the Virginia Division of Human Rights Web Page

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).

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 Virginia hotels:

  • Chesapeake

    Delta Hotel Marriott Chesapeake
    725 Woodlake Dr., Exit 289A
    Chesapeake, VA, 23320

  • Newport News

    Comfort Inn Hotel Newport News
    12330 Jefferson Ave.
    Newport News, VA, 23602

  • Norfolk

    Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown
    227 W. Brambleton Ave
    Norfolk, VA, 23510

  • Richmond

    Courtyard Richmond Downtown
    1320 E. Gary St.
    Richmond, VA, 23219

  • Virginia Beach

    Courtyard Virginia Beach
    5700 Greenwich Rd
    Virginia Beach, VA, 23462

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