Florida Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

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    While sexual harassment training in Florida is not specifically required by state statute, EEOC guidelines and court decisions from around the country have made clear that employers should provide workplace harassment training to all employees periodically.

    The training should cover sexual harassment and all other forms of unlawful harassment related to federal and state protected characteristics.

    The Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace harassment and employment discrimination based on protected characteristics such as age, ancestry, color, disability (including infection with AIDS, an AIDS complex, or HIV), marital status, national origin, race, religion, and sex (including pregnancy). Additionally, Fla. Stat § 448.075 (2013) prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sickle-cell trait and Fla. Stat § 447.17 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of membership or nonmembership in any labor union or labor organization.

    Local ordinances provide broader protections, so you should check the local Civil Rights Commission regulations applicable to your workplace.

    For more information on Florida equal employment opportunity requirements, see Florida Commission on Human Rights – Employment.