Kabat-Zinn is a famous instructor of mindfulness and meditation and the founder of the Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He defines mindfulness in the following manner:
"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way."
It was this definition of mindfulness that provided the motivational impedus and rationale for California Assemblywoman, Sarah Reyes, to sponsor AB1825. "She noted that during the 2002-03 fiscal year, 4, 231 sexual harassment cases were filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which amounted to 22% of all cases filed according to Christopher E. Cobey and David N. Goldman. Reyes argued, "The impact of sexual harassment in businesses is significant."
Harassment costs the average Fortune 500 company 6.7 million per year in indirect costs alone. Training helps reduce those costs. According to the Hartford Business Journal, "Most legally sophisticated companies provide such training to all supervisory and non supervisory employees. That's the smart thing for small and large employers to do to minimize their legal exposure to [Sexual Harassment] claims."
On September 29, 2004, Assembly Bill 1825 was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger making (enforcing) companies with 50 or more employees to pay attention in a particular way to the legal requirement of Sexual Harassment Training.