On April 11, 2018, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced that the agency will begin conducting random phone surveys to determine what, if anything, employers are doing to prevent harassment in the workplace.

What Questions Will They Ask?

The California Chamber of Commerce reported this week that the survey includes questions about:

  • Employers’ anti-discrimination, sexual harassment and general anti-harassment policies;
  • Employer-sponsored training on harassment and diversity issues;
  • Recruiting programs for women and minorities; and
  • Harassment complaint procedures.

Purpose of the Survey

According to the DFEH,  the purpose of the survey is purely to gather information. Company names will not be reported in the survey results.

“Knowing more about California employers’ harassment and diversity initiatives is key to the Department’s ongoing work to prevent workplace harassment and discrimination,” said DFEH Director Kevin Kish. “We expect the results of the survey to provide important insights for policy makers and the public alike.”

What To Do If Your Company Gets a Call

COOPERATE and PREPARE!  Review the list of topics covered in the survey to make sure you have the information ready to report.  If you hesitate or provide delayed responses it may appear that your company is ill-prepared to handle sexual harassment complaints and diversity issues in the workforce.  You do not want to leave the DFEH with the impression that your company is failing to take the necessary steps to prevent workplace harassment.

Contact CoreHR for more information on anti-harassment policies or and anti-harassment training for managers and employees.  We can help.