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Harassment Prevention in the Workplace

Course Number
CO220
Examine current legal and policy concerns and best practices related to preventing harassment and retaliation. Learn HR, managers and employee approaches for responding to inappropriate behaviors. Practice prevention strategies for creating a respectful workplace. including providing individual feedback. Review requirements for training and explore preventive training options beyond legal standards.

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Effective March 16, 2020, the educational programs scheduled to be delivered at our New York City facility will be moved to virtual delivery, where possible, or rescheduled. For those programs that do not lend themselves to a distance-education format, we will postpone them until we receive guidance from the University and public health officials that it is safe to hold those programs in-person. Please contact ilrcustomerservice@cornell.edu with any questions. We will provide updates as they become available from the University.

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For employers, prevention is the key to avoiding illegal harassment on the job, including sexual, racial, religious, ethnic, age, disability, and other types of harassment. This interactive, one-day workshop examines the legal and policy concerns related to this complex workplace issue. You will review and explore:

  • Inappropriate behavior that leads to harassment
  • Laws, agency interpretations, and court cases
  • Strategies for preventing harassment
  • Harassment at the individual, group, interpersonal, and organizational level
  • How to detect and resolve problem situations to avoid complaints and lawsuits
  • Options for devising preventive education and training

Key Topics

  • What is unlawful harassment?
    • The scope and range of inappropriate conduct
    • Contrasting social with workplace behaviors
    • Achieving mutual respect in the workplace
  • Legal requirements
    • Current federal, state, and local legal issues
    • Current EEOC guidelines
    • Understanding Supreme Court cases: Oncale, Ellerth, and Faragher
    • The difference between sexual harassment and other types of illegal harassment
  • Employer responsibilities and employee rights
    • Aligning policies to your organization's mission
    • Defining roles and responsibilities of managers
    • Developing procedures that will work
    • Collaborating with legal staff and supporting managers
    • Overview of conducting investigations
  • Addressing harassment
    • Individual strategies for resolving conflict
    • Taking appropriate action
    • Avoiding retaliation

 

Who Will Benefit

HR, EEO, and AA professionals and specialists responsible for harassment prevention and training; persons accused of harassment; all employees

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Tracey I. Levy

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