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
- 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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Susan W. Brecher
Susan W. Brecher, Esq. is on the faculty as Director of Employee Relations, Employment Law and Diversity and Inclusion at the Scheinman Institute, Cornell University, ILR. She is also an attorney who specializes in the field of employment practices, internal investigations and dispute resolution.
At Cornell, she is currently managing professional development learning services in Employment Law, Employee Relations, Investigations and Diversity and Inclusion programs. She develops, delivers and implements Cornell classroom, customized, online and blended learning programs. These programs include the areas of HR/EEO Law, Legal Issues for Managers, Preventing Workplace Harassment and Hostile Work Environments, Achieving a Respectful and Ethical Workplace, Internal Investigations and Employee Relations. In addition, Ms. Brecher has authored and teaches eLearning courses for eCornell and other organizations.
Ms. Brecher is responsible for creating unique programs on Employee Relations, Internal Investigations and Problem Solving/Coaching/Facilitating Conflict Resolution. The Problem Solving Conflict Resolution program is designed to assist HR professionals, managers and employees in developing skills and tools for resolving conflicts before they escalate into grievances or disputes. Ms. Brecher has partnered with over 150 private, public and non-profit organizations to develop and present 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 has partnered with over 100 private, public and non-profit organizations to develop and present customized training programs.
In addition, Ms. Brecher advises, consults, coaches, facilitates and handles all aspects of employment law and dispute resolution issues including providing legal advice, executive coaching, one-on-one coaching for appropriate workplace behavior, effective management and resolving workplace disputes; internal investigations, facilitation and neutral fact-finding for private, public and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Brecher co-authored a column on training for the periodical HR Advisor Legal & Practical Guidance. She has also published some of her materials including, “The Complaint Handler’s Model” contained in the resource book, SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE (Wiley & Sons, 1994).
Before coming to Cornell ILR, Ms. Brecher served as in-house employment Counsel at the American Broadcasting Companies and the National Broadcasting Company and was associated with the law firms Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom and Epstein, Becker and Green. Ms. Brecher has 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.