New regulations apply to employers subject to the FEHA (Fair Employment and Housing
Act). They do not alter existing law. They were created to clarify already existing
obligations of employers to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct
discrimination or harassment in the workplace.
According to the Journal of Personnel Psychology, sexual harassment experiences
are associated with negative outcomes such as decreased job satisfaction, lower
organizational commitment, withdrawing from work, ill physical and mental health,
and even symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
You are an experienced human resources professional. You’ve attended numerous trainings,
conferences, seminars, workshops, and HR association meetings. Maybe you have a
national HR certification, or several. But you’ve never received a sexual harassment
complaint before. Before today, that is.