Washington State Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

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

Washington State Sexual Harassment Training Requirements: Washington State requires employers in certain industries to provide sexual harassment training. The types of businesses and workers covered under this law include hotels, motels, retail corporations, security guard entities, and property service contractors. Engrossed Senate Bill 5258 requires the training and new policies to be in place with all employers who fit these categories by January 1, 2021. Large hotels (60 or more rooms) must have training provided by January 1, 2020.

All state employees are mandated to take sexual harassment training by Executive Order. View Executive Order 89-01.

The Washington State Human Rights Commission encourages all employers and employees to complete workplace sexual harassment training. At the request for the Washington State legislature, under Senate Bill 6471, the Washington Human Rights Division created a model sexual harassment policy that they encourage employers to adapt and and implement.  You can access the model policy from the Washington Human Rights Commission Web Page.

Workplace sexual harassment training can help an employer avoid costly lawsuits and reduce liability to the employer. 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 Washington State hotels:

  • Bellevue

    Hilton Bellevue
    300 112th Ave
    Bellevue, WA, 98004

  • Chesapeake

    Delta Hotel Marriott Chesapeake
    725 Woodlake Dr., Exit 289A
    Spokane, WA, 99224

  • Kent

    Hampton Inn Kent
    21109 66th Ave.
    Kent, WA, 98032

  • Seattle

    Hyatt Home Seattle
    201 5th Ave
    Seattle, WA, 98109

  • Spokane

    Ramada at Spokane Airport
    8909 W. Airport Dr.
    Norfolk, VA, 23510

  • Tacoma

    Holiday Inn Express Tacoma
    8601 South Hosmer St.
    Tacoma, WA, 98444

  • Vancouver

    Holiday Inn Express Vancouver
    7205 NE 41st.
    Vancouver, WA, 98662

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