Wisconsin State Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

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

Wisconsin Sexual Harassment Training Requirements: Wisconsin does not have any specific legal requirement for sexual harassment training for employees. However, Wisconsin’s Equal Rights Division advises employers to 

  • Implement a strong policy explicitly prohibiting harassment, including a description of disciplinary consequences that will be applied. 
  • Provide training to educate employees on the issue of harassment and periodically remind them of your strong desire to maintain a harassment free workplace.

Sexual harassment training in the workplace is highly recommended for private employers, as workplace sexual harassment training can help an employer avoid costly lawsuits and reduce liability to the employer. An employer is responsible for its own actions and those of its agents regardless of whether the acts were authorized or even forbidden by the employer, and regardless of whether the employer knew or should have known of those acts. For more on sexual harassment and liability, visit the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development 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 Wisconsin hotels:

  • Green Bay

    Hampton Inn Green Bay
    201 Main St.
    Green Bay, Wi, 54301

  • Kenosha

    Hampton Inn Kenosha
    7300 125th Ave.
    Kenosha, WI, 53142

  • Madison

    Courtyard Madison East
    2502 Crossroads Dr.
    Madison, WI, 53718

  • Milwaukee

    Springhill Suites Milwaukee
    744 N. 4th St.
    Milwaukee, WI, 53203

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