Reminder To ALL New York Employers – Training To Prevent Sexual Harassment Is Mandatory – Now!

The EEOC just sued a Chili’s restaurant in Colorado alleging that “the restaurant’s managing partner and assistant manager subjected female servers and hostesses to sexual harassment, including pervasive sexual comments and innuendo.”

Moreover, it is alleged that “the restaurant failed to take preventative or corrective action when employees complained about the harassment and that some women who could not tolerate the harassment were forced to resign. … [and] that management took retaliatory action against some of the female employees who complained about the harassment, including a reduction in scheduled hours.”

This should be a wake up call to ALL New York employers — City and State — you are now required by law to provide anti-sexual harassment training!

Like now!

Every employer in New York – State or City – should  be advised: 

This week – April 1st – New York City’s anti-sexual harassment training law went into effect and it requires private employers with 15 or more employees in the previous calendar year to provide annual “interactive” sexual harassment training to all employees — their including some independent contractors and part-time employees.

The New York State law which went into effect last fall requires all employers of any size to ensure that all employees engage in annual, interactive anti-harassment training.

And when does this have to be done?

NYS law: anti-sexual harassment training must be completed by October 9, 2019.

NYC law: anti-sexual harassment training must be completed by March 31, 2020.

Do it now!!!  Don’t jeopardize your business – be compliant!

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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]