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This comprehensive and updated course is designed to provide all employees (including part-time, contractors and others) with the tools to understand and prevent inappropriate behaviors in the workplace.

The laws have recently changed, requiring much more responsibility of people in positions of power. Most important for management to note is that in California – and soon to be elsewhere – YOU MUST TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES IF YOU HAVE FIVE OR MORE IN YOUR EMPLOY Yes, 5 (that wasn’t a typo.) This training must be conducted prior to Jan. 1, 2020.

It’s also important to be aware that the #MeToo Movement has had a powerful effect on empowering people who have been victimized to come forward and complain. While this is an incredibly good thing – there is also the problem of false or exaggerated complaints by people looking to get others in trouble and/or gain monetary compensation.

So, now more than ever it is so important that you take the need to train – and to train well – seriously.

In this course we discuss the most recent federal government regulations, as well as providing a brief history of the development of these workplace protections. Added is protection for people who have made non-traditional gender choices. They too deserve to be protected in the workplace (and elsewhere).

We also discuss, in detail, California’s requirements in preventing harassment, abusive behavior, bullying and discrimination. California is usually among the states providing the most stringent protections – and other states usually follow their example. Although we cannot cover the requirements of each and every state in a few hour course, we believe that by following the combination of federal and California state law, plus our recommendations to be even more prudent, you will be in compliance in most locations and situations (but check with your counsel to be certain).

Many examples of behaviors that could be construed as either appropriate or inappropriate – depending on the point of view of those involved will be offered as well as examples of clear inappropriate behaviors. 

Laws against Abusive behavior – bullying – are new. We not only discuss these in detail but recommend two other courses on bullying developed for Illumeo by a colleague. In addition, there is a section on general prevention training and how to conduct it. We cover the laws and examples of discrimination, harassment (sexual and otherwise) and the rights of the victim. Finally, we offer information about handling complaints and refer those we are instructing to other courses about investigating and dealing with conflict provided by Dr. Diamond for Illumeo.

There is a section that enables those taking this course to rank a variety of situations as to how mild or severe they are in being either harassing or discriminatory. This author strongly suggests that this training be given to employees at least annually no matter how large or small the head count. It only takes two people to have a behavior reported as either harassment, bullying, or discrimination. This is a valuable course that will help everyone in the workplace learn to be more understanding and courteous to others while reducing the chance of improper behavior and value-destroying actions.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the laws governing workplace protections from harassment, bullying and discrimination.
  • Explore the many examples of behaviors that need to be analyzed and make your own decisions regarding them
  • Identify things such as adverse treatment and adverse impact.
  • Discover types of harassment, bullying and discrimination and what you can and cannot allow in the workplace.
  • Recognize the more subtle forms of harassment, bullying and discrimination ( such as hostile work environment and third party harassment) and learn how to respond to them.
  • Identify ways to investigate, sanction and offer remedies stopping all inappropriate behaviors
Last updated/reviewed: June 26, 2019

7 Reviews (35 ratings)Reviews

Member's Profile
The information was sound. However, the organization of the material seemed scattered and overly repetitive. I would also have appreciated some more nuanced examples in addition to the more glaring examples that were presented. Additionally, the presenter represents as Federal Law what I found in my research to be California law.
Member's Profile
This course provides excellent information regarding preventing harassment and abusive behavior in the workplace.
Member's Profile
There were many examples provided based on real world experiences.
Anonymous Author
This instructor is knowledgeable and refreshing. Great examples.
Member's Profile
Helpful real world scenarios and thought provoking questions
Member's Profile
Important information to know
Member's Profile
A good course for all.


Course Complexity: Foundational

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. 

***This course may contain offensive language for the purposes of teaching the concepts of harassment, abusive behavior, bullying, and discrimination in the workplace, and sensitive listeners are cautioned in advance.***

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
  14:43Over Zealous or Witch Hunt?
  2:19Abusive Behavior
  10:40Management's Responsibilty
  6:08Management & Supervisors
  2:54Train On The Following
  22:02Harassment Sexual and Other Kinds
  12:26Harassment Sexual and Other Kinds (Continued)
  13:57Discrimination and Conclusion
Continuous Play
  1:50:32Preventing Harassment, Abusive Behavior, Bullying, and Discrimination in The Workplace
  PDFSlides: Preventing Harassment, Abusive Behavior, Bullying, and Discrimination in the Workplace
  PDFPreventing Harassment, Abusive Behavior, Bullying, and Discrimination in the Workplace Glossary/Index
  PDFAddendum for Maine Employers and Employees