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Workplace Harassment

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Summary

This workshop uses video programs to help employees understand what harassment is and what it is not, as well as what they can do to prevent and deal with harassment at work. The first video “Let’s Get Honest”, is used in both the manager and employee classes. It sets a whole new standard in sexual harassment training. It speaks candidly to employees regarding the difference between their work life and personal life. It offers employees a real world perspective, presenting surprisingly honest solutions to a variety of workplace issues ranging from flirting and dating to clueless behavior and predatory harassment. It offers employees real tools they can use immediately to help themselves be on their best behavior at work. In addition to video, there is a quiz, a short lecture and an activity to provide real-life examples of harassment at work.

Because the courts have ruled that harassment based on any of the protected characteristics is a form of illegal discrimination, there will be an explanation and examples given of other types of harassment, as well as the most recent addition to workplace intolerance, bullying.

The second video “He Said, She Said” is used in the manager/supervisor class only. It has been designed to help employees evaluate their own conduct as it relates to sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior at work as well as to help them understand the difficulties involved in sorting out conflicting versions of stories. Employees progress through various scenarios, first hearing from the alleged victim as they present their view of the events in question. Discussions follow, which allow conflicting points of view to be aired and explored. Then as the scenario

continues, employees are forced to explore for the facts and read between the lines as they hear from the alleged harasser and witnesses. In the end it becomes apparent that sometimes our bias, perceptions, and behaviors may need to be re-evaluated.

What You Will Learn

  • How to recognize sexual harassment in the workplace
  • How all employees can take action to prevent or stop workplace harassment
  • Why managers need to be vigilant at all times
  • How harassment can be unintended, yet devastating to the victim
  • What to do if you are being harassed

Employment Law for Managers and Supervisors

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Summary

This seminar is designed to help business managers, supervisors, team leaders, and others learn and apply the requirements of the major employment laws. All managers have a need to understand their legal obligations as employers. Many companies have learned that ignorance is no defense; in today’s environment, lack of knowledge of the law can lead to costly and time-consuming legal action.

What You Will Learn

  • What is illegal discrimination
  • What the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 require employers to do
  • How the Civil Rights Act of 1991 impacts employers
  • What the Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to do
  • What is meant by “reasonable accommodation” for religion and how this differs from what is required for disability
  • Who is the EEOC and what they can and cannot do
  • The meaning of “joint employment” relationships
  • How the employment laws impact Interviewing, Selection, Compensation, and Discipline
  • How to work with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The importance of proper documentation