DFEH Issues Workplace Harassment Guide for California

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On May 2, 2017 the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued a guide for California employers on preventing, addressing and correcting claims of sexual harassment in the workplace. The guide provides steps to implement an effective anti-harassment program; what steps should be implemented to conduct a fair and timely investigation; and implementing effective remedial measures.

Click here for a copy of the nine page guide.

The DFEH also issued a revised brochure (DFEH 185) which describes the facts about sexual harassment; discusses the types of harassment prohibited by California law; provides examples of behaviors that may constitute sexual harassment; and specifies the procedures and policies California employers must develop and follow to prevent and correct sexual harassment. It also discusses remedies available in sexual harassment cases, including in cases of retaliation for complaining about harassment or rejecting advances.

DFEH has also provided the same information in a poster form (DFEH 185P).

Click for copies of the brochure and poster.

An employer can use either the poster or the brochure to fulfill their obligations to provide employees with information regarding sexual harassment under Section 12950(b) of the California Government Code.

“Preventing and correcting sexual harassment in the workplace is not only legally required, but it is one of the best ways that an employer can ensure a healthy and productive workplace for all employees,” said DFEH Director Kevin Kish. “DFEH is pleased to provide these resources to help employers develop and implement effective polices.”

The DFEH is the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws. The mission of the DFEH is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations and from hate, violence and human trafficking. For more information, visit the Department’s Web site at