Town of Southold – Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (S9-23-10)

Issued Date
September 08, 2023

Audit Objective

Determine whether Town of Southold (Town) employees and elected officials completed annual sexual harassment prevention training (SHP Training).

Key Findings

SHP Training was not provided to all employees and elected officials. Of the 45 total individuals we tested (26 selected employees and all 19 elected officials), six employees or 23 percent of employees tested and 10 elected officials, did not complete the annual SHP Training.

Additionally, of the 423 total Town employees and elected officials, 10 Justice Court employees, 38 Police Department employees and the Town Historian were excluded from the SHP Training.

These 49 individuals represent 12 percent of all Town employees and elected officials, and include five of the 16 individuals in our testing that did not complete the annual SHP Training.

Key Recommendation

Ensure all employees complete annual SHP Training and encourage elected officials to complete the training.

Town officials generally agreed with our recommendations and indicated they planned to initiate corrective action.