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All 33,000 Arizona state workers to get harassment training

Posted at 12:19 PM, Dec 20, 2017

All 33,000 Arizona state employees will be required to complete newly created training on workplace harassment and inappropriate behavior.

The program announced Wednesday by state Human Resources Director Elizabeth Alvarado-Thorson will add to existing training new employees and new supervisors must receive. The 30-minute training is designed to help prevent harassment in the workplace and educate workers on how to report inappropriate behavior.

Alvarado-Thorson says design of the new mandatory training process began early last summer, before a wave of sexual harassment allegations became a key point of the national conversation. Sexual misconduct allegations have since forced out top Hollywood, business and media figures and led three members of Congress to resign, including Arizona Rep. Trent Franks.

The new training begins Jan. 2 and must be completed by March 31.