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Preventing Discrimination and Harassment PDF Print
Training ProviderLearn Skills

Assessment

Quizzes & Final Exam
Location learnskills.org Qualification Certificate of Completion
Method Asynchronous Self-paced
EligibilityOpen
Cost50 EUREnrol Now  

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Dating back to the late 1800s, common law in the United States defined the employment relationship as "at will," meaning that employers were free to hire and fire at will. Employers could, for example, refuse to hire minorities, segregate the work force, assign unpleasant work to women, and deny such groups opportunities for advancement.

That's all changed. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin or disability. Not only can workplace discrimination and harassment affect employee productivity, it can divert resources from the company's real business. Improper conduct can also lead to company liability for workplace discrimination and harassment.

Training employees to prevent workplace discrimination and harassment is nothing less than essential. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently established legal standards that employers must meet to avoid — or at least minimize — incidents of discrimination and harassment and avoid liability for punitive damages.

The first steps in meeting these standards are (1) to create an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy, and (2) to communicate it to all employees and independent contractors, both full-time and part-time, permanent and temporary. This Course includes a generic policy regarding the prevention of discrimination and harassment. The Course also includes a quiz/game to test employees' understanding of the material. Course Summary

The Course covers the following topics:

  • Key federal laws
  • Sexual harassment
  • Types of sexual harassment
  • Conduct to be avoided
  • Other prohibited harassment
  • Conduct to be avoided
  • Retaliation
  • Maintaining a respectful work environment