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    South Dakota Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

    According to the South Dakota Dept. of Labor & Regulation (SDDLR), Avoiding Discrimination, employers should “take all steps necessary to prevent sexual harassment from occurring. An effective prevention program should include an explicit policy against sexual harassment that is clearly and regularly communicated to employees and effectively implemented. The employer should affirmatively raise the subject with all supervisory and non-supervisory personnel, express strong disapproval, and explain the sanctions for harassment.” See South Dakota Dept. of Labor & Regulation (SDDLR), Avoiding Discrimination (pdf); SDDLR Division of Human Rights: Sexual Harassment/Discrimination (same).

    Additionally, 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.

    South Dakota law prohibits workplace harassment and employment discrimination based on characteristics such as ancestry, color, creed, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, and sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions).

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

    For more information on South Dakota equal employment opportunity requirements, see SDDLR Division of Human Rights: Sexual Harassment/Discrimination.