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ONLINE HARASSMENT TRAINING COURSE

Course Description


How To Prevent Discrimination and Harassment

There was a time when U.S. law allowed employers to hire and fire employees “at will”, discriminate against employees according to their gender or race, segregate workers, assign unpleasant tasks to specific groups, and deny work or opportunities as desired. Today, Federal laws prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, pregnancy and genetic information. Some state and local laws go even deeper to protect employees.

The U.S. Supreme Court has legal standards that employers must meet to avoid — or at least minimize — incidents of discrimination and harassment and avoid liability for punitive damages. Such laws make it essential that employees receive training to prevent workplace discrimination and harassment, not only to keep it from occurring but also to avoid the resulting negative impact on employee productivity, resources being spent to resolve such issues, and liability for the organization and/or specific employees. In the event of legal action, employee training on workplace discrimination and harassment prevention is a critical part of the defense.

Cintas Online Discrimination and Harassment Training offers separate training courses for managerial (45 minutes) and non-managerial (40 minutes) employees. The courses are available in audio/video, audio-only or text-only. Also available are: (1) a two-hour audio/video training course for California and Connecticut supervisors and (2) a 45-minute training course for Canadian supervisors. Courses include quizzes, news clippings and real-world compliance issues that employees should learn to recognize and deal with appropriately.


Topics covered in the "employee" compliance-training course include:

  • What are reasons for concern?
  • Know the anti-discrimination laws
  • Defining sexual harassment
  • Understand the types of sexual harassment
  • A balancing act — “walking the fine line”
  • Defining consensual relationships
  • The big picture — considering all of the circumstances
  • Types of conduct to avoid and why
  • Defining and recognizing internet and e-mail harassment
  • Beyond Federal law, what other characteristics may be protected?
  • Additional behavior to avoid
  • Understanding all aspects of retaliation
  • What you can and should do as an employee
  • Your role in maintaining a respectful work environment


Topics covered in the "manager" compliance-training course include those listed above plus:

  • What is a supervisor’s liability for misconduct?
  • What is the liability for other misconduct?
  • Understand your responsibilities as a supervisor
  • Learn to establish the proper tone in the workplace
  • The why and how of documenting employee actions
  • Best practices regarding documentation
  • Your proper response to complaints
  • How to support and assist with an investigation
  • How to prevent retaliation


Topics in the California/Connecticut training course include all of the topics listed above plus:

  • EEOC claims — understand your exposure
  • Lawsuits — understand your exposure
  • Jury trials — the risks involved
  • Impact of class-action lawsuits
  • Rule to remember — “There are no winners”
  • What is Title VII?
  • What to know about the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • What to know about the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • What to know about the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • California — critical state laws
  • Connecticut — critical state laws
  • What is the FEHA? What is your liability under it?
  • What to know about family responsibilities discrimination
  • An overview of workplace bullying


Topics covered in the Canadian training course include:

  • What are reasons for concern?
  • Understand your responsibilities as a supervisor
  • What conduct is prohibited and why?
  • Understand the types of harassment
  • What constitutes sexual harassment?
  • Types of conduct to avoid and why
  • Beyond Federal law, what other characteristics may be protected?
  • Additional behavior to avoid
  • What constitutes psychological harassment
  • Defining e-harassment
  • Your proper response to complaints
  • How to avoid retaliation
  • How to support and assist in an investigation
  • The why and how of documenting employee actions
  • How to maintain a respectful work environment



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