San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed recently introduced legislation that would expand on current harassment training standards, making the training a requirement for all of the city’s 22,000 employees. Previously the training was mandatory only for those in leadership roles. “San Francisco has long been at the forefront of advancing employee protections, and we must continue to lead by example,” Breed said in a statement. “It is all of our collective responsibility to prevent, recognize, report, and root out workplace harassment. By expanding our harassment training requirements to cover all city employees and increasing transparency and accountability in reporting these claims, we will be making it clear: no city employee should ever be subjected to harassment, retaliation, or fear speaking up.” If passed, city employees would be required to undergo harassment prevention training as well as “bystander training,” which lays out the steps employees should take if they witness harassment in their workplaces. By expanding training, the city hopes to curtail the persistent yet often invisible problem of harassment in the workplace. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, up to 70 percent of people who’ve experienced harassment in the workplace never discuss it with their manager or file a complaint.
San Francisco to Expand Sexual Harassment Training to All City Employees