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This comprehensive course is designed to not only teach managers and supervisors their responsibilities in preventing inappropriate behaviors, it also provides the training necessary in these areas.

The laws have recently changed in California. We expect other states to follow shortly. If you have five (5) or more employees you must train them prior to January 1, 2020 and continue to train them thereafter. The laws are now also requiring much more responsibility of people in positions of power.  

We discuss the most recent federal government regulations, as well as providing a brief history of the development of these workplace protections.  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 these examples. Although we do not cover the requirements in each and every state in a two 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. 

Current laws (both Federal and State) dictate the qualifications of those who are qualified trainers and the elements of the training.  That information is also provided in this course.

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 including how to treat the accused and possible remedies for the victim.

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. In addition to harassment and discrimination we define and discuss abusive behavior – bullying.

We not only discuss these in detail but also understanding the nuances and protections for people who gender identify differently from what is specified on their birth certificate.

In addition, there is a section on general prevention training – how to conduct it in an unbiased manner.  (See also my book:  Conducting Workplace Investigations: Designated Investigator and the course I’ve developed from it.)

This course wasmandatory for managers and supervisors in companies having 50 or 15 or more employees. In California it has now changed to five (5) or more and other states will follow.  The definition of employee has been greatly enlarged to include contractors, part-time workers, and some others. Training of supervisors and managers is required at least every two years.

Thus, this author strongly suggests that you provide training to all employees at least annually no matter how many you consider your head count.  It only takes two people to have a behavior reported as either harassment, bullying, or discrimination.

Do you want to take that chance?

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the laws governing workplace protections from harassment, bullying and discrimination.
  • Identify the specific requirements of the number of employees and what constitutes an employee under the law for this purpose and how often you need to offer the training.
  • 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

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

30 CoursesMastering Management Certification

  1. Preventing Harassment, Discrimination, Abuse and Bullying: Management's Responsibility in 2020 and Beyond
  2. The Art and Science of Interviewing
  3. Investigating a Complaint of Inappropriate Behavior in The Workplace
  4. Understanding Our Unconscious Biases
  5. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Management’s Role
  6. Management Providing Safety and Better Ergonomics
  7. Maintaining a Culture of Innovation and Creativity
  8. Managing Passive People
  9. Managing Difficult People and Dealing with Conflict
  10. Group Decision Making and Problem Solving
  11. Resolving Workplace Conflict
  12. Company Culture: Creating and Maintaining the Best
  13. Part I: Cultural and Behavioral Information for Business in an International – Global Environment
  14. Part II: Country Specific, Cultural, and Behavioral Information - Doing Business in a Global Environment
  15. Effective Time Management and Goal Setting/Delegation
  16. Culture: Inside the Company and Outside the Country
  17. Cognitive Styles (Styles of Thinking, Talking, Giving and Receiving Information)
  18. Finding Success with Teams Working Far Apart
  19. Change Management: The People Side
  20. Effective Workplace Negotiation and Persuasion
  21. Ethics and Attitude in the Workplace
  22. Creating Rewards and Recognitions that Get You What You Want to Achieve
  23. Onboarding: From Entry-Level to Senior Executive
  24. Marrying Career Development with Succession Planning
  25. Visibility Enhances Promotability
  26. Delegating Skills for Managers
  27. Assertiveness Skills for Executives, Managers and HR Professionals
  28. How EQ Helps Motivate Your Staff
  29. Effective Meeting Management for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators
  30. Communication: A Two-Way Process

4 Reviews (15 ratings)Reviews

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A difficult course but offers good information. Recommended for anyone in a management role or those who wish to understand workforce issues. I did not like the quiz and test questions are difficult and not found in the material. I also think this particular review requires too many words. What else can I say? Let me see,
Member's Profile
This course was well prepared and thoughtfully presented with excellent examples of workplace situations, as well as legal aspects.
Member's Profile
Great refresher on work place harassment and behaviour
Member's Profile
Great course series.


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
  9:51Introduction to Management’s Role in Preventing Harassment, Abusive Behavior, Bullying and Discrimination ...
  3:32Federal Government Code Section 12950
  8:21California Requirements for Supervisors and Managers Assembly Bill 1825
  1:41Trainer Requirements
  3:50Train on the Following
  16:57California Assembly Bill AB2053 Preventing Abusive Behavior
  24:16Harassment Sexual and Other Kinds
  14:20Harassment Sexual and Other Kinds Continued...
  9:09Bullying and Conclusion
  1:55:33Management's Role in Preventing Harassment, Abusive Behavior, Bullying and Discrimination in the Workplace
  PDFSlides: Management’s Role in Preventing Harassment
  PDFManagement’s Role in Preventing Harassment Glossary/Index
  PDFAddendum for Maine Employers and Employees