After a year of high profile workplace harassment claims, the Empire State is set to bolster victim protections and employer rules. In an announcement made just before his annual State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo shared a series of anti-harassment proposals likely to become law later this year.
There’s no two ways around it: combating workplace harassment remains one HR’s most pressing challenges. That isn’t just a perception shaped by today’s headlines; since 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has processed nearly 90,000 harassment claims, winning over $300 million for victims.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace recently released an 88-page report citing that workplace harassment continues to be a problem in American workplaces. Roughly 33 percent of the 90,000 charges received by the EEOC last year were tied to workplace harassment.
If you do business in California, having a sexual harassment policy isn’t just best practice—come next month, it will be a legal requirement.