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Civility Promotion & Harassment Prevention Courses


The Road to a Harassment-Free Workplace

Includes focus on Civility Promotion/Working in the Green

Based on your organization’s conduct expectations and policies, this training uses interactive exercises, innovative training tools, role-plays, and hypotheticals so that participants develop judgment about workplace civility, conduct and responsibilities.

With a focus on understanding misconduct based on race, gender, national origin, disability, age, religion and veteran status, the course is offered in both employee and manager versions, and is customized (at no cost) to your work environment. The core imprinting is achieved through a series of issue-spotting and consensus-building exercises focused on civility. In terms of responses and collective responsibilities, we apply and practice bystander intervention using SSAW interactive tools and positive language, so that all in the workplace can master the Moment and "check others' conduct", using business-focused bystander intervention skills and scripts.

Based on participant groups, the course can be delivered so that it complies with all applicable state training requirements, including California, Connecticut and Maine statutory mandates, and has also been approved and identified by name by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the context of specific Consent Decrees, as well as selected by federal agencies for use in critical enforcement situations.

Civility Promotion & Road to a Harassment-Free Workplace provides your organization with the training necessary to help protect and defend against harassment claims and liability. This course is not just about helping an organization create an affirmative defense against claims and damages; it also provides your workforce the tools to create behavioral change and an environment of mutual respect.


AB 1825/AB 2053 California-Specific Harassment-Prevention

Includes focus on Civility Promotion/Working in the Green

This course specifically covers AB 1825 and AB 2053 for managers in California.

Based on your expectations and latest policies as well as AB 1825 and 2053, Seyfarth Shaw at Work’s interactive, targeted and practical training covers all "latest trend" topics and uses innovative tools and techniques to develop judgment about workplace conduct. Using your organization’s policies and SSAW’s interactive elements, we will dynamically answer such questions as:

1. Who is protected?

2. What do we need to know about characteristics protected in California?

3. What are the key California-specific cases and available defenses in such cases?

4. What is abusive conduct, what are its impacts on individuals and the organization?

5. How can we build a consensus around prevention of verbal abuse, derogatory remarks, insults, and epithets, and other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct/actions as defined under AB 2053?

6. What conduct is risky/inappropriate?

7. Vendors, third parties, independent contractor - what are our responsibilities?

8. Where is the "Line" with respect to such conduct?

9. How do we build clear, practical judgment in the moment?

10. What are the Top Ten Danger Zones today - including off premises conduct, social media, comments on personal appearance, etc.?

11. When and how do we intervene? (Bystander Intervention and Manager Responsibilities)

12. To whom can staff report/complain - (Staff Reporting Obligations)?

13. Why is reporting appropriately so important to you and others?

14. Can complaints be kept completely confidential?

15. How to respond if a complaint comes to you/is directed to you?

16. Consequences and remedies under California law and federal law, and our policy?

17. What are possible consequences if we violate the policy - in and outside of the organization.

18. What is our policy on retaliation?

19. How do we reduce it all down to 2 or 3 simple statements?

Our parent firm's California-focused training expertise (including that related to AB 1825 and AB 2053) is unmatched. Attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw’s three California-based offices (Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento) carefully studied AB 1825 and its regulations, AB 2053, the DFEH’s guidance and relevant case law as part of the design and deployment of our courses in the state. All courses and updates involving AB 1825 (and AB 2053) coverage are also specifically reviewed by Seyfarth Shaw Los Angeles Partner, David Kadue. Mr. Kadue’s writings on sexual harassment law have been cited by the United States Supreme Court in the landmark sexual harassment case of Faragher vs. City of Boca Raton.


Refresher: Civility Promotion & The Road to a Harassment-Free Workplace

This course covers latest trends information utilizing new exercises, examples and scenarios. Covering the entire spectrum of topics found in The Road to a Harassment-Free Workplace, our harassment prevention refresher course often focuses its delivery on one or more of the key harassment conduct “danger zones,” including: comments on personal appearance; work-related off-premises conduct; nicknames; stereotypes; touching; dating/initiating personal relationships; jokes; and/or social networking/e-mail/Internet. In addition, our refresher version provides advanced skill building for both employees and managers in day-to-day conduct and responses (including bystander intervention), while meeting all state statutory requirements.


Civility Promotion & the Road to a Harassment-Free Workplace

Category Specific Course Content

Often organizations find a need to focus on one protected category. From gender sensitivity and sexual orientation issues to the myriad of religious harassment challenges to disability concerns, this course provides an in-depth review of a single identity group, while also covering key related topics such as retaliation, reporting and confidentiality. Like the rest of our Civility & Road to a Harassment-Free Workplace series, the Category-Specific Course is offered in both employee and manager versions and is customized to your work environment via an interactive format.


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