Preventing and Addressing Workplace Harassment: Three-Session Series to Protect Your Workplace and Employees

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DL Only                 $999.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Dates: 2/27/2018, 1 PM Eastern; 2/28/ 2018, 1 PM Eastern; and 3/06/2018, 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, founder and president of HR Learning Center, LLC
Price: $849.00 webinar, $999.00 Digital Downloads, $1199.00 webinar and Digital Downloads. Each option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room. DLs include full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: Each session has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Each session is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? HR administrators, supervisors and managers, financial officers, other senior executives

Workplace harassment is a prominent concern in the public eye right now, but it is not a new issue or one that many employers adequately handle. Appropriate and comprehensive policies and training often are absent, and those making harassment allegations often find that they are not taken seriously, their allegations dismissed either without an investigation or with only a cursory review, and nothing changes. This lack of preventive measures and insufficient investigative process can subject the employer to significant liability if a harassment complaint ends up in the legal process. However, these are just a few of the many mistakes HR professionals and organizations make when faced with planning for or addressing a harassment issue.

Please join Melissa Fleischer for this three-session series designed to help you implement strategies to prevent harassment in the workplace from taking place, how to conduct and act on an investigation should the need arise, and the top mistakes HR professionals and companies make in addressing harassment complaints (and how to avoid them).


Session 1 on February 27, 2018, will address strategies to prevent harassment in the workplace, such as:

  • Understanding harassment and how it can arise
  • Different types of harassment including quid pro quo and hostile work environment
  • Recognizing harassment in the 21st century - virtual harassment
  • Same-sex harassment is still sexual harassment
  • Avoiding liability for harassment - understanding HR’s obligations to protect the Farragher and Ellerth affirmative defense
  • What is required to demonstrate you have exercised “reasonable care”
  • Understanding what an effective anti-harassment policy requires
  • Training of managers and employees is mandatory
  • How to demonstrate that you enforce your policy, conduct prompt, impartial Investigations and take timely corrective action

Session 2 on February 28, 2018, will examine how to conduct a fair, impartial, and thorough investigation into complaints, including:

  • How to properly respond when an employee has alleged harassment in the workplace
  • Step-by-step guide to how to conduct an effective workplace harassment investigation
  • Analyzing who should conduct the harassment investigation
  • What does prompt, thorough and impartial mean?
  • Creating interview scripts for all witnesses, the complainant and accused
  • Dealing with the difficult issues - “he said, she said” investigations
  • Learn how to properly assess credibility
  • Going the extra mile during the investigation
  • Understanding the investigation report is legal evidence introduced in a court of law
  • Strategies for drafting an effective investigation report
  • Understanding the next step - taking prompt corrective action

Session 3 on March 6, 2018, will look at top mistakes HR professionals make when addressing harassment issues, such as:

  • Failure to provide sexual and unlawful harassment training annually
  • Not updating your anti-harassment policy
  • Failure to distribute the anti-harassment policy to entire workplace
  • Not undertaking an investigation if the complainant decides they do not want to
  • Taking too long to start an investigation when an employee has complained of harassment
  • Failing to take prompt corrective action if allegations of complainant are substantiated during investigation
  • Not adequately protecting “confidentiality”
  • Not ensuring that complainants and witnesses are adequately protected from any retaliation
  • Failing to advise both the Complainant and the accused of the results of the investigation
  • Discussion of case law in which organizations have “gotten it wrong”


Your conference leader for “Preventing and Addressing Workplace Harassment: Three-Session Series to Protect Your Workplace and Employees” is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law. Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with 20 years of experience representing clients in employment law discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center, LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Law. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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