The Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) does not require employers to provide harassment prevention training to their employees. However, the FEPA expressly encourages employers and labor organizations to conduct an education and training program for employees and members that includes, at a minimum, the information on sexual harassment outlined in the law (VT Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 495h). The FEPA covers all public and private employers in the state, including employment agencies and labor unions.
Although the FEPA does not provide details about information that should be included in training, the law does require employers to adopt a policy against sexual harassment that includes the following elements:
• A statement that sexual harassment in the workplace is unlawful;
• A statement that it is unlawful to retaliate against an employee for filing a complaint of sexual harassment or for cooperating in an investigation of sexual harassment;
• A description and examples of sexual harassment;
• A statement of the range of consequences for employees who commit sexual harassment;
• A description of the process for filing internal complaints about sexual harassment and the names, address, and telephone numbers of the person or persons to whom complaints should be made (applies only to employers with five or more employees); and
• The complaint process of the appropriate state and federal employment discrimination enforcement agencies and directions as to how to contact the agencies.
Employers must provide all employees with a copy of the policy.
The FEPA recommends that all new employees and members receive training within 1 year of commencing employment and that employers and labor organizations ...