Sexual harassment training could soon be required for all Pittsburgh employees

“It’s a way to be proactive rather than wait for something bad to happen.”

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MJ Slaby

Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus wants all city employees to attend sexual harassment prevention training and plans to introduce legislation making it mandatory.

The city currently requires new hires to do training about sexual harassment in the workplace, but this legislation would require a more robust program for all employees, Neil Manganaro, Kraus’ chief of staff, told The Incline.

“It’s a way to be proactive rather than wait for something bad to happen,” he said.

Legislation would require the change, but specifics of the policy will be determined by the city’s Department of Personnel and Civil Service Commission, Manganaro saidThat approach is similar to the city’s implementation of its nondiscrimination hiring policy, he added.

The legislation was something Kraus and then-City Council Member Dan Gilman started discussing in late 2017 following the national #metoo movement. After Gilman became Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, Kraus took the lead on the legislation.

City Spokesperson Tim McNulty said the mayor’s office expects to support the bill.

Kraus, who was reelected as council president on Wednesday, told the Post-Gazette that the training would be his first legislative proposal of 2018. Manganaro told The Incline it will be introduced within weeks.

The city is one of the biggest employers in Pittsburgh, so it would be a significant undertaking, said Manganaro, adding costs and funding have yet to be determined. Per the its 2018 operating budget, the city employs more than 3,000 people.