Harassment is not just illegal; it can create an uncomfortable, threatening, and unpleasant environment for all people within a workplace. Sexual harassment happens in all environments, including the church workplace. For a church, a public sexual harassment lawsuit can have far-reaching consequences: decreased morale, attendance, productivity, and work quality, and damaged reputations.
The state of California takes the issue of sexual harassment seriously and has additional compliance requirements that exceed those of related federal laws. For this reason, it’s important that your church thinks now about getting all employees invested in creating a harassment-free church workplace.
CongregationU has two online, up-to-date sexual harassment courses for clergy, staff, and volunteers:
With CongregationU’s online training, you can track who has been trained for your church’s protection! Cover your bases now so you can get down to other important church business. Set up your account online or call CongregationU today at 866.862.5855 to begin training the clergy, staff, and volunteers in your church on sexual harassment and other important risk-management topics. Click here to see our course list.
Tip: California law requires that employers who have 50 or more employees provide sexual harassment training for all managers and supervisors, update the training at a minimum of every two years, and ensure that new managers and supervisors receive their training within six months of being hired or promoted. By law, the training must take a minimum of two hours to complete.