Harassment Prevention in the Workplace (CO220)

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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Gayle Wasserman

Susan W. Brecher

Susan Brecher
Director, Curriculum and Training Design

Susan W. Brecher, Esq., Director of Employee Relations, Legal, EEO and Diversity Programs in Human Capital Development at Cornell University, ILR. She currently manages learning services in Legal, Employee Relations, and EEO, including developing, designing and facilitating programs. In addition, Ms. Brecher partners with private, public, and non-profit organizations on customized training programs. During her tenure at Cornell, Ms. Brecher served as a Director of Statewide Management Programs as well as oversight of all aspects of the EEO, Labor Relations, Human Resources, Management Development and Online Learning programs. Ms. Brecher teaches in a graduate level Human Resources Program and advises, consults, coaches, handles all aspects of employment law, employee relations, internal investigations, dispute resolution issues and mediates, facilitates and conducts fact-findings. She worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, ABC and NBC and holds a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Union College and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where she was on the Law Review.

Tracey I. Levy


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