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Sexual Harassment Training

On January 1, 2020, a new Illinois law went into effect regarding mandatory sexual harassment training programs for all employees. Because of Mitch Kline’s vast and varied experience on this subject, he is making himself available as a trainer.

Mitch was an owner of Kline’s Department Store in Chicago Heights, Illinois from 1983 through 1995. During this period, he trained hundreds of their sales staff. The Illinois law requires that the training be “interactive.” Mitch utilized this very effective teaching method.

In addition, Mitch was an Administrative Law Judge at the Illinois Human Rights Commission where he mediated and settled more than twenty sexual harassment cases. During the past twenty years, Mitch has litigated and settled many sexual harassment cases in both federal and state courts. Mitch is looking forward to helping Illinois employers comply with this new law.

Sexual Harassment Training Program

Every company with employees should fully understand the importance of preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. This not only keeps your workforce healthy, but it prevents any liability issues with the State of Illinois and victims of harassment. 

The Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline is dedicated to preventing workplace sexual harassment before it occurs by helping to create and conduct training for employers in the Chicagoland area. The right training programs can help ensure that businesses and organizations are fully compliant with Illinois law, as well as protect employees from harmful conduct that disrupts their lives. Please contact our office directly for more information about how we can help.

Sexual Harassment Training Requirements in Illinois

The Workplace Transparency Act went into effect on January 1, 2020, in Illinois. This law addresses several employment-related matters, including specific requirements for sexual harassment training for private employers. Every company or organization with employees must have a training program in place that meets or exceeds the minimum standards set by the state. 

Some requirements for annual sexual harassment training programs include the following:

  • Clearly explaining the definition of sexual harassment
  • Providing examples of conduct that might constitute unlawful harassment
  • An overview of federal and state laws prohibiting sexual harassment
  • An overview of employer responsibilities when it comes to preventing or addressing harassment

All employees of an organization must undergo this training once per year. There are additional requirements for employers in the bar or restaurant industries. 

If your company fails to comply with these sexual harassment training requirements, you can face serious penalties. Companies with four or more employees can face civil penalties of $1,000 for a first violation, $3,000 for a second violation, and $5,000 for each subsequent violation. 

In addition, the chances of sexual harassment occurrences and complaints can increase if your workforce does not have the necessary prevention training. This can lead to legal action against your business for damages from harassed employees.

Providing Training Program Assistance in Chicago

An effective training program must be engaging and memorable – especially if your employees are undergoing training every year. It is important to change the content and/or format of your program to prevent employees from tuning out the information and message you need to send. Different stories and perspectives can be helpful to ensure your training is not simply a waste of time, but actually works to prevent harassment and liability in your work environment. 

It takes time and effort to develop and implement sexual harassment training programs, and owners and management often do not have the time to devote to this process. Chicago employment lawyer Mitchell Kline can help conduct a training program you have designed or can create a program specifically tailored to your company and workforce. Programs can involve in-person lectures from an employment lawyer, interactive online training, and more. We address a wide range of critical issues, including:

  • Verbal harassment
  • Harassment via text, email, or social media
  • Conduct that can be misconstrued
  • Hostile work environments
  • Quid pro quo harassment
  • Any other topics relevant to your business

Contact a Chicago Employment Attorney for Assistance with Your Sexual Harassment Training and Compliance

It is essential for all Chicago employers to have fully compliant and engaging annual training programs regarding sexual harassment, and the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline is ready to help. Contact us about our training program services today. 

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