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AB 1825 Sex Harassment Trainer

A free resource for California employers about the sexual harassment training law (AB 1825).

What's new for 2009?

Since we're now smack dab (or "dab smack" as Obama has written) in another AB1825 training year, it's time for me to start posting.

I haven't updated this blog since December 2007 (the last AB 1825 "training year"), since the archived information was still pretty good and nothing new had occurred; no new regulations, no change in the law, same old same old.

However, now that California employers are once again in full swing trying to comply with AB 1825, I figure to provide some current (and hopefully useful) information.

For example, if you want to prevent harassment in California, it's helpful to know what harassment is occurring. One source to learn what harassment employees are complaining about is the state Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH), which collects and investigates bias complaints.

Basically, if you want to know what harassment problems need to be addressed in California, the DFEH statistics provide some clues.

First, complaints are way up from 2007. In 2008, the DFEH received 18,785 employment bias complaints. That's almost 1,800 MORE than the total number of employment AND housing bias cases combined that the DFEH received in 2007.

Out of these 18,785 complaints, 7,972 related to sex bias
  • 999 involved pregnancy bias
  • 821 involved sex orientation bias
  • 3,863 involved sexual harassment
  • 2,289 involved other sex discrimination
The remaining major categories of bias complaints included:
  • 6,844 disability
  • 5,697 retaliation
  • 4,208 race/color
  • 3,655 age
  • 1,937 national origin/ancestry
  • 579 religion
  • 300 marital status
For more details, see the DFEH 2008 report.
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