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New California legislation to target workplace sexual harassment

As we note on an employment law-related page of our website at the Pasadena business and commercial law firm of Larson & Gaston, LLP, "we address issues arising under ... state and federal laws governing the relationship between companies and workers."

That universe of concerns is wide, indeed, spanning a veritable ocean of considerations affecting employers and employees, respectively.

One such issue centers on the troubling reality of workplace-based sexual harassment, which, as ample evidence has shown, can and does occur in virtually every type of work environment.

A pair of California legislators believes that the topic merits further consideration and have announced their intent to introduce legislation soon to combat that on-the-job evil in the statehouse.

What the San Diego and Sacramento lawmakers propose is that all locally elected officials in the state undergo mandatory sexual harassment training within six months of assuming their positions. In addition to that requirement, they suggest further that those individuals undergo remedial training thereafter, participating in follow-up courses at least every two years that will ensure "they receive the necessary training to keep workers safe."

As noted in a recent media report on the proposed legislation, current California statutory law already mandates sexual harassment training for legislative bodies and municipal staff members across the state. The co-authors of the new bill state that further clarification is required, though, given the varied manner in which city and other local governments in California presently interpret and apply that law.

The new legislation is slated to be introduced in the California State Assembly in January.

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