Federal Contractor Anti-Harassment Training Act will require annual training
On February 27, 2018, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán [D], representing California’s 44th Congressional District, introduced legislation to harassment training mandatory for contractors working with the federal government. The Federal Contractor Anti-Harassment Training Act would require contractors to complete annual anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. Under the proposal, the training would have to be completed within 90 day of a contract award and repeated every other year following. For those contractors with limited resources, the legislation would allow contractors to use employee training resources provided by federal agencies to government workers.
In introducing the legislation, Rep. Barragán said “Unlike Members of Congress and congressional staff, who are required to complete harassment training, federal contractors are not currently required to do so. We must extend this common-sense sexual harassment training to federal contractors to ensure that individuals who work closely with the federal government, and receive tax-payer money, are held to the same standard. The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements are shining a light on the urgent need to put systems in place to prevent harassment and hold harassers accountable.”