Sexual Harassment Prevention 2 Day Certificate Program

On Demand Webinar Credit - HR Certification with 8 PHR / SPHR Re-Certification Credits and 8 SHRM PDCs Awarded

This session will be held via Video Conference over two successive days

Course Description

In this workshop, leaders explore a variety of approaches for prevention and response in cases of sexual harassment. We will discuss effective prevention, liability awareness, and impactful tools for addressing incidents. With more informative and proactive planning, the less reactive and vulnerable an organization is to liability.

This training is perfect for any HR or OD professional looking to expand their understanding of sexual harassment in the post #metoo era. We will go in depth on not only compliance but the socio-cultural factors surrounding sexual harassment and actionable tools for responding to concerns and accusations


Day 1 Agenda – Understanding the Law and Prevention Steps

The Big Picture 10:00-11:00 am

  • The history of how sexual harassment became an important societal issue
  • The role of the EEOC in investigating complaints and what their complaint statistics indicate
  • Understanding the significance of vicarious liability for your employers
  • Answering personal liability questions – Are HR professionals personally liable for illegal harassment that occurs in the workplace? Individual managers?

Federal Law 11:00 am-12:00 pm

  • Understanding the law behind sexual harassment and important judicial decisions
  • Learning about the various types of illegal sexual harassment as defined by the EEOC
  • Understanding what your obligations are regarding vendor/contractor behaviour
  • How to identify illegal retaliation against complainants and why retaliation is a distinct aspect from sexual harassment allegations
  • Understanding the difference between sexual harassment and gender discrimination
  • Recognizing what is and isn’t sexual harassment

Case studies – Interactive Discussion 01:00-02:00 pm

  • Review case studies revealing types of sexual harassment
  • Review retaliation situations
  • Identifying aspects of cases requiring investigation

Prevention Measures 02:00-03:00 pm

  • What works in prevention
  • Timing and framing prevention efforts
  • Drafting an anti-sexual harassment policy and complaint policy and what should be included
  • Providing avenues for employees to raise complaints
  • How to address employee romance
  • Guidance on after-hours socialization and what your managers should not do
  • Methods to communicate your company policy so that awareness is clear
  • Defining what training programs are necessary, how often they should be given, and related record keeping best practices

Day 2– Issues to Consider and Investigations

Issues to Consider 10:00-11:00 am

  • Cultural norms and scripts
  • Generational Divides
  • LGBTQ Considerations
  • Online harassment
  • Intent versus impact

What to Do When a Complaint Arises 10:00 am -12:00 pm

  • Documenting the issue
  • Recognizing timeliness obligations
  • The critical need to ensure confidentiality
  • Understanding the importance of developing a chronology of events and witnesses
  • Determining what issues require a formal investigation
  • Setting expectations with the reporter of the complaint
  • Addressing the complainant that doesn’t want their complaint investigated
  • Protecting the complainant from retaliation
  • How to address anonymous complaints
  • Understanding trauma’s impact on investigations and credibility

Common Pitfalls of Poor Investigations 01:00 -2:30

  • Avoiding common mistakes made
  • Understanding the danger of making legal conclusions

Review and Wrap Up 2:30-3:00 pm

Who Needs to Take Sexual Harassment Training?

All members of an organization's workforce including:
  • Employees
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Contract Workers
  • Volunteers
  • Training Manager
  • Director of Organizational Development
  • Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Managers and supervisors must be given additional specialized training on how to properly handle cases of sexual harassment.

Free Handouts

Sexual harassment liability and response survey
Infographics on the history of sexual harassment response
HR Certification with 8 PHR / SPHR Re-Certification Credits and 8 SHRM PDCs Awarded

Your Instructor

Dr. Laura McGuire
Dr. Laura McGuire

Dr. Laura McGuire is a nationally-recognized trainer, subject matter expert, and inclusion consultant. In 2018 she founded The National Center for Equity and Agency to further her mis-sion of healing the structural inequalities that lead to interper-sonal violence and marginalization.

Dr. McGuire earned her bachelor's degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison State University and her graduate degrees in educational leadership for change from Fielding Graduate University. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Seen but Not Heard: Pathways to Improve Inclusion of LGBT Persons and Sexual Trauma Survivors in Sexual Health Education,” exam-ined the marginalization of sexual minorities within health edu-cation on a global scale.

Dr. McGuire is a certified full-spectrum doula, professional teacher, a certified sexual health educator, and a vinyasa yoga instructor. Her experience includes both public and private sec-tors, middle schools, high schools, and university settings. In 2015, she served as the first Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program Manager at the University of Houston, and in 2017, she became the first Victim Advocate/Prevention Edu-cator at the US Merchant Marine Academy. She is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educa-tors Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), Society of Profes-sional Consultants, and is a member of numerous committees and boards. Dr. McGuire lives in the United States, where she works as a full-time consultant and expert witness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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