MAB – Sexual Harassment & Assault Response & Prevention Course (MAB-SHARP)

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Individuals of any gender can be the target of sexual harassment. Unlawful sexual harassment does not have to be motivated by sexual desire. Sexual harassment may involve harassment of a person of the same gender as the harasser, regardless of either person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Employers must take all reasonable steps, such as policy assimilation and training, to prevent discrimination and harassment from occurring. Prohibitions should be included against sexual harassment; gender harassment; and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding and related medical conditions, as well as harassment based on all other characteristics listed above and under the law. If harassment does occur, organizations must take effective action to stop any further harassment and to correct any effects of the harassment. For additional guidance on California’s definition of harassment, see SHRM’s toolkit Preventing Unlawful Workplace Harassment in California.

Overview—California has progressively led state-mandated sexual harassment training requirements for private-sector employers. Although Connecticut and Maine have similar sexual harassment training requirements for private-sector employers, the majority of states require such training only for employees in the government sector.