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City Auditor: Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Flawed


More than 130 supervisors employed by the City of Sacramento have not received sexual-harassment-prevention training as required by city policy.

That is one of the findings of City Auditor Jorge Oseguera  in an audit of the city's sexual harassment policy and training.

"They were not identified as supervisors in part as a result of a glitch in our city's training system. The city wasn't aware that those individuals hadn't been notified that they needed to be trained."

He says fixing the glitch is one of about a dozen ways the city policy can be improved.  

"Some of them deal with the policy itself and areas where we can add language and clarity and improvements. The other deals with ensuring that all of our city staff -regardless of whether or not they are supervisors- receive some kind of sexual-harassment-prevention training."

About a-third of non-supervisory staff have also not received training, but are not required to under current policy.

In a report submitted to the City Council, Oseguera recommends the city update its policy to define sexual harassment as illegal and to provide examples.  

Oseguera also says the city clerk should review the policy each year to make sure it conforms with the most recent Fair Employment and Housing Commission standards.

The policy was last updated in 2011.

A new policy with the recommendations has been sent to city supervisors and labor unions for review.


Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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