Employers are required by law to give periodic training to their managers and supervisors on the rights of employees and people providing services pursuant to a contract to be free from harassment and/or discrimination. An employer that fails to provide this training may be held liable if it can be shown that had it engaged in proper training, it is likely that the harassment or discrimination would not have occurred or would have been stopped.
Employers are Required to Train Supervisors on Preventing Harassment and Discrimination
The Dolan Law Firm has the largest reported verdict in California for race and national origin harassment. After fighting a five-year battle against FedEx, Christopher B. Dolan received a $60 million verdict against FedEx Ground and a $1,000,056 verdict against manager/supervisor Stacy Shoun for harassment of two Arab/Lebanese package delivery drivers. This case was a landmark victory for civil rights in California and the United States and is the largest reported employment harassment verdict in the history of the Fair Employment and Housing Act for individuals.
People who suffer unlawful conduct in California in violation of their rights under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (such as discrimination and or harassment based on membership in a protected classification) must file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) generally within one year of the conduct (there are limited exceptions) or they may lose their right to pursue legal action.