2021 sexual harassment training requirements by state

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More and more state governments are requiring employers to provide sexual harassment training to their employees. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives an average of more than 25,000 workplace harassment complaints per year. These incidents lead to a demoralized workforce, lost productivity, or worse. So even if your state doesn’t require you to offer harassment training, it’s a good practice. And if you’re wondering what your state requires of you, we’ve pulled together this helpful guide.


Note that even if your state isn’t updating the laws right now, this could change in the future. Being proactive on this issue is both a best practice and a way to build a strong culture in your workplace. Even if you have a smaller business without an HR department or manager, these training programs are an important part of creating a positive work environment and curbing workplace harassment. We recommend taking steps now to not only be legally compliant and to shield yourself from liability for harassment suits, but to also provide a safe, engaging work experience for your employees.