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    According to West Virginia’s Administrative Rules Regarding Sexual Harassment, employers should provide sexual harassment awareness and prevention training to all employees. The training should include “how to address problems through either informal or formal procedures, and how to be sensitive to general differences and problems in the workplace. Workers should be encouraged to report cases of harassment.” See W. Va. Admin Code s 77-4-3.5See also WV Board of Risk and Insurance Management Model Harassment Prevention Policy.

    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.

    The West Virginia Human Rights Act and the West Virginia Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act prohibit workplace harassment and employment discrimination based on protected characteristics such as age (40+), ancestry, color, disability, 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 West Virginia equal employment opportunity requirements, see West Virginia Human Rights Commission Rules and Regulations.