Since 2018, the majority of states have enacted legislation either mandating or recommending that employers train employees on sexual harassment avoidance. This happened at great speed. It can often take decades for legal changes at the state level to become a national trend.
The speed of this development can be traced to the great cultural shift arising from the #MeToo movement, which became a high-profile cultural marker following heavily publicized Hollywood sexual harassment scandals in 2017. With sexual harassment in the workplace as a major focal point, a program to reduce the incidence of harassment at work through education became a significant objective of the #MeToo movement. Legislation to mandate such workplace training ensued.
Varying requirements by state
Most states have enacted laws that address workplace sexual harassment in some fashion. Nearly all of these have been enacted ...