Last month the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced the release of a new guide for California employers on the steps they should take to prevent and correct workplace harassment. The nine page document provides employers with a helpful FAQ-style guide to maintaining an effective anti-harassment program, appropriately responding to employee complaints, and conducting fair investigations.
The DFEH also issued a revised poster and brochure that details California’s legal protections against sexual harassment and the steps that all California employers must take to prevent and correct sexual harassment. Although the updated sexual harassment poster is not one of the posters required by the DFEH, its posting can contribute to promoting and maintaining an effective program to eliminate sexual harassment.
Employers should make use of these new and updated resources to ensure that their anti-harassment programs and investigative mechanisms live up to the standards outlined by the DFEH.