Harassment Training for HR Professionals


What every HR Professional needs to know about preventing sexual harassment and all forms of discriminatory harassment.


Employees should be able to work without being impaired by unlawful sexual harassment, or any form of discriminatory harassment. Harassment claims of any type are expensive in terms of dollars, employee morale and productivity not to mention the negative impact on the company’s reputation.

Your organization can create a defensible position sexual harassment or any other type of unlawful harassment claim. But you must be on top of your game when it comes to preventing workplace harassment.

In this fast paced and highly interactive session you will learn how to create a defensible position against harassment claims and have an affirmative defense if a claim is filed.

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HR Harassment Prevention Training Outline and Topics

What is sexual harassment?

  • EEOC's Facts About Sexual Harassment
  • Current definitions every HR professional must understand

The cost of sexual harassment

  • EEOC data
  • Costs often overlooked
  • Myths and misconceptions about harassment

When may an employer be held liable?

  • Quid Pro Quo
  • Hostile work environment
  • When automatic liability exists
  • What about Workplace Bullying and Abusive Conduct
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Gender Based Harassment
  • How to act reasonably whenever there is a complaint of sexual harassment
  • Making its anti-harassment policy clear
  • The complaint procedure effective
  • When the employee acts unreasonably
  • How you can lose the affirmative defense
  • What about harassment by non-supervisors or outsiders?
  • The liability of “knowing” – you should have known

The Affirmative Defense

  • How it works
  • Where it works
  • Where it does not work

The Severe and Pervasive Standard

  • How it is applied
  • How it is changing
  • Where it has changed

Punitive damages protection

  • The Court gives employers punitive damages protection
  • The employer's 'good-faith efforts to comply with Title VII.'"

EEOC's unlawful harassment guidance

  • Preventive measures to prohibit all forms of unlawful harassment, not just sexual harassment
  • Communicating the anti-harassment policy and complaint procedure
  • Investigation
  • Train and monitor
  • Taking immediate and appropriate corrective action
    • Discipline;
    • Discharge;
    • Training; and,
    • Monitoring.

Training supervisors and managers

  • What to do
  • What not to do

Step-By-Step Checkup

  • Review your anti-harassment policy
  • Distributing the policy
  • The complaint and investigation
  • Follow-up
  • Supervisory training
  • Training all employees
  • Self-audits
  • Follow through

Session Wrap Up

  • Your Action Plan


Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Training Video

  View a 4 Minute Video - Attorney Max Muller explains how employers can create a 
legally defensible position against sexual harassment claims.


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