Article 1. Unlawful Practices, Generally - California Government Code Section 12950.1

12950.1.  (a) An employer having 50 or more employees shall provide
at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive
training and education regarding sexual harassment to all supervisory
employees in California within six months of their assumption of a
supervisory position. An employer covered by this section shall
provide sexual harassment training and education to each supervisory
employee in California once every two years. The training and
education required by this section shall include information and
practical guidance regarding the federal and state statutory
provisions concerning the prohibition against and the prevention and
correction of sexual harassment and the remedies available to victims
of sexual harassment in employment. The training and education shall
also include practical examples aimed at instructing supervisors in
the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, and
shall be presented by trainers or educators with knowledge and
expertise in the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and
   (b) An employer shall also include prevention of abusive conduct
as a component of the training and education specified in subdivision
   (c) The state shall incorporate the training required by
subdivision (a) into the 80 hours of training provided to all new
supervisory employees pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 19995.4,
using existing resources.
   (d) Notwithstanding subdivisions (j) and (k) of Section 12940, a
claim that the training and education required by this section did
not reach a particular individual or individuals shall not in and of
itself result in the liability of any employer to any present or
former employee or applicant in any action alleging sexual
harassment. Conversely, an employer's compliance with this section
does not insulate the employer from liability for sexual harassment
of any current or former employee or applicant.
   (e) If an employer violates this section, the department may seek
an order requiring the employer to comply with these requirements.
   (f) The training and education required by this section is
intended to establish a minimum threshold and should not discourage
or relieve any employer from providing for longer, more frequent, or
more elaborate training and education regarding workplace harassment
or other forms of unlawful discrimination in order to meet its
obligations to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent and
correct harassment and discrimination.
   (g) (1) For purposes of this section only, "employer" means any
person regularly employing 50 or more persons or regularly receiving
the services of 50 or more persons providing services pursuant to a
contract, or any person acting as an agent of an employer, directly
or indirectly, the state, or any political or civil subdivision of
the state, and cities.
   (2) For purposes of this section, "abusive conduct" means conduct
of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a
reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an
employer's legitimate business interests. Abusive conduct may include
repeated infliction of verbal abuse, such as the use of derogatory
remarks, insults, and epithets, verbal or physical conduct that a
reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating, or
humiliating, or the gratuitous sabotage or undermining of a person's
work performance. A single act shall not constitute abusive conduct,
unless especially severe and egregious.

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