Bryant: State workers must take sexual harassment prevention

Gov. Phil Bryant, R - Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he will require all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention.

Bryant says Tuesday that he signed an executive order requiring the training, which he says will be "a low-cost alternative to expensive seminars" and will provide "a standard of prevention in this litigious society."

The move come months after the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics settled a sexual harassment lawsuit for $25,000. The suit was filed by a former employee against the bureau and its deputy director.

In a post on his Facebook page Tuesday, the Republican governor said: "Everyone deserves a workplace free from intimidation and hostility."

Bryant also said he will not tolerate sexual harassment in agencies that fall under his control.