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Workplace Harassment Training

Harassment in the workplace continues to be a problem in our business environment. For the past several years, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received over 30,000 discrimination charges each year in which illegal workplace harassment was an issue. The EEOC describes workplace harassment as “unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive." Some jurisdictions have expanded the groups that are protected from discrimination and harassment in employment.

Most people agree that prevention is the best approach to eliminating workplace harassment. Some states require harassment prevention training for supervisors or new employees; in others, workplace harassment training is viewed as evidence of a good faith effort to prevent harassment. Most major companies consider it a best practice.

You need your workplace harassment training to be done with sensitivity, customized to your environment, and delivered by people who can answer the questions that arise. Managers need to understand the special responsibilities that are part of their roles.

If you’d like us to customize an approach for you, contact us.