Ethena Connecticut Sexual Harassment Training Course Primer
Connecticut’s sexual harassment training requirements live up to the state’s nickname as the Constitution State. Here’s a quick reminder on Connecticut’s harassment laws and how Nutmeggers can find support if you witness or experience sexual harassment at work.
What’s Connecticut’s Sexual Harassment Law?
Connecticut’s “Time’s Up Act,” codified at Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 46a-54(15), as well as the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (Conn. Agencies Regs. §§ 46a-54-200 - 46a-54-207) prohibits sexual harassment.
What is Sexual Harassment in Connecticut?
Under Connecticut’s “Time’s Up Act” and as set forth by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances or request for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when:
(A) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment
(B) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual
(C) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, regardless of the gender of either the harasser or the person harassed.
Individuals that commit acts of sexual harassment may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties.
Under Connecticut’s “Time’s Up Act” sexual harassment takes one of two forms: quid pro quo or hostile work environment.
What is Hostile Work Environment or Quid Pro Quo harassment? Read more on our Sexual Harassment 101 Page.
Reporting Harassment in Connecticut
If you witness or experience sexual harassment, you should report it to your manager or HR as soon as possible. If you do not feel comfortable reporting internally, you can file a report with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In Connecticut, Human Rights Referees are authorized to award the damages necessary to eliminate the discriminatory practice and make complainants whole. These damages can include:
Cease and desist orders
Pre- and post-judgment interest
Punitive damages (if the case is tried in court)
Why We Need Harassment Training
Harassment is prevalent. A 2018 Pew survey found that 27% of men and 59% of women reported experiencing sexual harassment. 69% of women and 61% of men that reported sexual harassment experienced it at work or both at work and outside of work.
These numbers tell a sobering story. They mean you may have experienced harassment at work. And if you haven’t, your friends and colleagues likely have.
Being a victim of harassment hurts a person at work, including lower job satisfaction, higher intention to leave the workplace, and damage to physical and emotional health.
Being treated disrespectfully at work isn't just bad for business—it's bad for you, your employees, and your workplace.
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