To combat sexual harassment in the workplace, the focus is on training and notification to employees regarding sexual harassment policies and procedures.
Employers with three or more employees must provide 2 hours of training and education to all employees including information concerning the federal and state statutory and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment.
Free Sexual Harassment Prevention Online Training is now available on the State of CT website. Click on Sexual harassment.
Employers with three or more employees must notify their employees within three months of hire, via email, of their sexual harassment policy.
Employers of any size, must provide 2 hour sexual harassment training to supervisors.
What is Sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. §46a-60(b)(8) as any unwelcome sexual advances or request for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when:
A. Submission to such conduct is made wither explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
B. Submission to or refection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or,
C. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
What options do you have if you are being sexually harassed at work?
If you are sexually harassed at work, ask the harasser to stop. Preferably with a witness who will tell the truth that on a date, place ant time you told the harasser to stop. Look at your company policies to see who to report to. If you do not have a company policy, tell your immediate supervisor, both orally and follow up with it in writing. If your company has a human resources department, communicate with that department, again in writing. If you belong to a union, tell your union representative in writing. File a complaint with the CHRO or with the EEOC. If the harassment occurred prior to October 1, 2019, you have 180 days to file a complaint with the CHRO. If the harassment occurred after October 1, 2019, you have 300 days to file. If you need a lawyer, call us at Ferrylaw for help. 1-833 FERRYLAW.