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Workplace Harassment & Discrimination
Technical Assistance for Employers: Seminars
Workplace Harassment & Discrimination

This seminar provides an overview of federal and state civil rights laws.  Recent Supreme Court decisions have changed the standards for evaluating harassment cases and employer liability. Now more than ever, employers must ensure that effective anti-harassment policies are in place. Supervisors must be trained to act as role models, to recognize harassment in the workplace, and to respond promptly and appropriately. Employers must also institute effective complaint procedures that are readily accessible to employees and that ensure prompt investigation of harassment complaints without retaliation. In this session, BOLI’s trainers review current trends in this volatile area and give you tips on minimizing your liability.
Specific topics will include:
  • Pre-Training Quiz
  • Overview of federal and Oregon civil rights protected classes
  • Definition of unlawful harassment
  • How courts and BOLI define unlawful harassment
  • Recent cases
  • Defining “unwelcome” conduct
  • Employer liability
  • Communicating the company harassment policy
  • Preventing harassment
  • Prohibiting retaliation
  • Investigating complaints
  • Conducting interviews
  • Taking appropriate corrective action
The seminar is targeted toward human resources personnel, business owners, managers, and front line supervisors with responsibility to understand and recognize workplace harassment.