Sexual harassment avoidance training: “If anyone feels they know it all and don’t need this, think again”

Sexual harassment avoidance training is a must for all employers in New York – I mean, it is required by law! Amy and I have been doing these trainings for a long time, and now that it is mandatory we are getting really busy.

For those who scoff at the efficacy of these trainings, I wanted to print a letter to the editor published this week in the Concord Monitor (New Hampshire). I print this letter in its entirety – it speaks for itself.

Letter: Harassment training is worthwhile

“I am somewhat dismayed at the resistance of many in the [NH] Legislature to take part in sexual harassment training.

When I was employed as an office manager for a nonprofit many years ago, we were all asked to participate and, yes, it was mandatory. It was prompted by our insurance company. There was nothing offensive about being part of this, and it was actually enlightening. Some things that may seem non-offensive to one person might indeed be a problem for someone else. It is good to raise everyone’s awareness on how we act and speak.

If anyone feels they know it all and don’t need this, think again. Your educated awareness might allow you to help a fellow legislator be more sensitive. Also check out if this requirement is prompted by liability issues. I’ll bet it is. There are so many more important issues to be concerned about that this just seems like an unnecessary fight to pick.”  


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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]