HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants a review of sexual harassment policies in the state’s executive branch agencies in light of the spate of complaints that have been made across the country.
Malloy, a Democrat, announced Tuesday he had signed an order directing the Department of Administrative Services to determine which agencies are in compliance with mandated state training. The department also will review whether any agencies are providing training that goes above and beyond what’s required by state law and if other training should be improved.
“While the state does have a number of existing policies in place that state agencies are required to follow, I am determined to see to it that these policies are not only being enforced but that they are adequate — and if not, I want to ascertain how they can be improved,” Malloy said.
The Department of Administrative Services has until Feb. 1 to provide Malloy with a report that includes the best ways to address and prevent harassment and recommendations on how to improve the state’s existing policies and procedures. Malloy said he plans to share the findings with leaders of the legislative and judicial branches of state government for their consideration.
Connecticut instituted mandatory sexual harassment prevention training for employers in 1991, before most other states required it. Under the law, employers with 50 or more workers must provide all supervisory employees with two hours of training within six months of when they assume supervisory roles.
Federal and state laws, including the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, prohibit various forms of discrimination and illegal harassment in employment.