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Complying With California’s Sexual Harassment Law

California employers must comply with AB 1825, a state law mandating sexual harassment prevention training for supervisors and managers. Through questions and answers, this article highlights the 2006 law requirements and provides guidance.

Questions and answers about this law

Is my organization covered by the law? It is if you have 50 or more employees. Under the law’s definition, independent contractors and workers who are temporary service employees are counted, so that if you have only 40 regular employees on your payroll, but use 10 or more temps or independent contractors, you are a covered employer.  To compile with California’s AB 1825 law, you can opt for an appropriate training program through

How much training is required?

The requirement is for two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to supervisory employees every two years.

Who conducts the training?

Training must be delivered by trainers or educators with knowledge and expertise in the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Does it matter how the training is delivered?

Yes. The requirement is for two hours of classroom or other effective interactive training and education. The requirement that training should be interactive probably means that simply showing supervisors a video, having them listen to a lecture, or asking them to read something would not satisfy the requirement. Some typical interactive aspects of training include questions and answers and role-playing.