EEOC Report: Workplace Discrimination And Harassment Prevention Not Working-Workplaces Fail To Implement Systemic Changes

  When : Tuesday, August 17, 2021

  Time : 01 : 00 PM EST

  Duration : 120 Minutes

  Product ID : SUST-0040

  Level : Intermediate

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Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, and consultant. Her specialty areas include management/leadership development, organization development, communication, and harassment and bullying. She is an expert witness for discrimination and harassment lawsuits. She trains and consults with business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sectors.

Dr. Strauss has authored over 30 book chapters, books, and articles in professional journals. She has been featured on 20/20, CBS Evening News, and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles. She has her doctorate in organizational leadership, is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services, a master’s degree in community health, and a professional certificate in training and development.


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You have been in Human Resources or management for years. Your plate is full—too much to do and to know in your increasingly stressful job. You are expected to stay current in discrimination and harassment case law for all the federal and state-protected classes. Are you current? It seems like an unending responsibility. You remember hearing something in the news about a change in the pregnancy law, but can’t remember what it was. You know that the American Disabilities Act and Title VII have expanded with something called an accommodation meeting, but what does that require? You heard that a company was required to pay a plaintiff an additional $1,000,000 because the company didn’t do harassment training—could that be true? The #MeToo movement is alive and well. You have a company wellness program and have heard that employees are suing for discrimination based on the incentives offered for those who take part in the program. And it still isn’t clear as to whether you can personally be sued for misconduct. The EEOC has said that current workplace prevention tactics aren’t working—harassment continues to be a problem.

Learning Objectives

  • To review protected class discrimination and harassment
  • To identify the EEOC’s 2016 findings
  • To update information on new discrimination & harassment court decisions related to Age, Genetics, Disability, Pregnancy, Caregiving, Gender, and State and Federal Laws
  • To discuss the Affirmative Defense (AD) & your responsibility to reduce liability via AD
  • To differentiate between bullying and protected class harassment
  • To explore HR & management’s legal and ethical responsibilities in prevention and intervention of bullying and harassment
  • To describe the legal requirement of conducting an Accommodation Meeting

Areas Covered

  • Review of the legal elements of discrimination and harassment law
  • List of protected classes  (for example, in MN there are 15 including state and federal laws)
  • Specific requirements for compliance with GINA, ADAAA, and the PDA with a discussion of recent legal cases for each
  • In-depth discussion of the need for “accommodations” for ADA, religion, and pregnancy
  • Steps of an Accommodation Meeting and follow-up
  • Discussion of the nexus of bullying and harassment
  • What these changes in case law mean for employers
  • Training and policy requirements

Course Level - Intermediate

Who Should Attend

  • HR Specialists
  • HR Managers
  • Directors, Managers, and Supervisors of any department

Why Should You Attend

It is almost impossible for managers and HR professionals to stay current in the ever-evolving civil rights case law due to their busy workload. As a result, discrimination and harassment may go unrecognized and allowed to continue creating a hostile work environment for employees resulting in absenteeism, turnover, loss of productivity, and physical and emotional health consequences to the target and witnesses of the abuse. Failure of managers and HR professionals to recognize discrimination and harassment creates liability for the organization and costly lawsuits.

  • $149.00


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