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Harassment, discrimination, and retaliation can have a very negative impact on an organization's work environment. Managers and supervisors have a responsibility to both their employees and their company to know their role in preventing and responding to all forms of workplace discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and retaliation. This two-hour course is intended to help develop a set of values in managerial and supervisory employees that will assist them in preventing and effectively responding to incidents of workplace harassment. This course is designed specifically to address the sexual harassment training requirements under California, Connecticut, and Maine law, but is applicable for supervisor and manager training in all states. Additional customization is required in order to fully address the state requirements. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by Baker & McKenzie. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice and may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional and/or legal advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with legal statutes or statutory instruments. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking independent legal advice.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the classes that are protected by federal law
  • Define terms associated with the legal definitions of workplace harassment
  • Determine whether a situation involves potential sexual harassment and why
  • Determine whether a situation has the potential to be considered unlawful workplace harassment
  • Recognize types of legal sanctions and costs that can apply to companies that do not take steps to prevent or address sexual harassment
  • Recognize an employer's responsibilities with regard to protecting employees from harassment
  • Deal effectively with harassing conduct by an employee before it escalates
  • Handle a complaint of harassment following basic guidelines and your company's policy
  • Identify what actions to take if you are accused of harassment
  • Recognize actions that would be considered retaliation if taken by a manager in response to a harassment claim
  • Identify what actions to take if an employee files a complaint with an external agency
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