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Assembly Bill 1825

Sexual Harassment Training

Summary of Assembly Bill 1825
State Mandated Sexual Harassment Training
  1. Summary
  2. Which Companies Are Affected
  3. Who Must Attend the Training
  4. When Must the Training be Provided
  5. Format of the Training
  6. Caveats of Training
  7. Compliance
  8. Text of AB 1825


In the summer of 2004 the State Senate and Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, Assembly Bill 1825, or AB 1825. This bill requires employers in the State of California to provide Sexual Harassment training and education to supervisory staff. In addition to requiring supervisory staff to attend training and education, there are format, frequency, and content requirements contained in AB 1825 as well.[Go Top]

Which Companies are Affected by AB 1825

All employers with 50 or more employees in the State of California are subject to AB 1825. Here an “employee” also includes:

  • Contractors
  • Agents acting on behalf of employer
  • Anybody providing services directly or indirectly to the employer
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Who Must Attend the Training

The following supervisory employees are required to attend the training.

  • All supervisors that have not attended training since January 1, 2003
  • New supervisors must have training within six months of assuming supervisory functions. [Go Top]

When must be Training be Provided

  • By January 1, 2006, for all supervisors employed as of July 1, 2005, unless they have received it since January 1, 2003
  • After January 1, 2006 each supervisory employee must attend training every two years[Go Top]

Formats of the Training

AB 1825 requirements for the training format:

  • Training must be at least two hours in duration
  • Training must take place in a classroom or other interactive setting
  • Content must include guidance as to the relevant federal and statutory provisions prohibiting sexual harassment
  • Training must include practical examples to prevent sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation
  • Training must be presented by an educator with knowledge or expertise in the prevention of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation[Go Top]

Caveats of the Training

AB 1825 contains some explicit statements pertaining to the liability of employers with respect to sexual harassment training

  • Having provided training to supervisory staff does not insulate a company from liability of sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation
  • Not having provided training does not automatically result in liability for sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation[Go Top]

Non Compliance

  • If an employer violates the requirements of this section, the commission shall issue an order requiring the employer to comply with these requirements
  • By providing this training for AB 1825 the employers should not be discouraged from providing additional, longer, or more comprehensive sexual harassment training, or taking all other reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment.
  • As matter of practicality, not having provided this training may increase the exposure of the company when resolving sexual harassment complaints[Go Top]

Text of AB 1825

The above is a summary of AB 1825. Click here to view the text of AB 1825. Users will need Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file.[Go Top]



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