Thousands of MTA employees have failed to complete sexual harassment training

“Thousands” of MTA employees failed to complete New York State’s mandatory annual sexual harassment training in 2017 and 2019, the agency’s inspector general said Wednesday — and transportation officials don’t expect their 70,000-strong workforce to complete until End of year will fully participate this year.

“It is likely that thousands of MTA employees in 2019 did not receive sexual harassment prevention training as required by state law,” said incumbent IG Elizabeth Keating’s report. “MTAHQ has not taken steps to ensure that represented employees receive annual training in accordance with the new law.”

ex-reg. Andrew Cuomo signed the Sexual Harassment Training Act into law in 2018, requiring all public employers to provide annual sexual harassment training to their employees.

Cuomo’s prosecutor, Charlotte Bennett, claimed last year that the disgraced ex-governor had someone else take the course for him.

The ex-governor pretended to take the course, but much of the MTA never bothered.

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo leaves an event with Ruben Diaz in the Bronx.
Former Governor Andrew Cuomo instituted annual sexual harassment training for government employees in 2018.
Stephen Yang

Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and MTA Buses had high completion rates for mandatory training, but subway workers had a compliance rate of just 33 percent, the report said.

According to IG, just 58 percent of subway workers completed the sexual harassment course in 2019; at Metro-North, the compliance rate was only 43 percent.

The MTA has yet to implement the training authority agency-wide as it negotiates training with its various unions, the IG report said. In some cases, the agency has agreed to incentivize workers’ compliance by paying OT to attend the state’s sexual harassment course and other training courses.

“The training of the represented employees involves significant costs for the MTA,” says the report. “Governments try to minimize the use of overtime in providing training, but this is not always possible.”

The MTA has tried to get workers to take sexual harassment training by offering overtime pay.
According to the IG report, only 58 percent of subway workers completed the training in 2019.
Christopher Sadowski

The MTA plans to mandate sexual harassment training for all employees by the end of this year, IG said. Further mandatory training is being “negotiated with negotiating entities to establish the conditions under which rain will be provided,” according to the MTA’s response.

“As the Inspector General is aware, following an agency-wide reorganization, new processes are already being developed to increase apprenticeship completion rates from the 2019 figures in the report,” MTA spokesman Michael Cortez said in a statement. “These updated procedures are designed to dramatically improve compliance.” Thousands of MTA employees have failed to complete sexual harassment training


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