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Harassment Prevention

Harassment Prevention Training

According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), harassment prevention training is the best way to avoid harassment in the workplace.

Some steps an organization can take to create a harassment prevention plan are as follows:
  • Have managers/supervisors establish a clear complaint and grievance process for any employee that feels harassed
  • Communicate clearly, widely and in multiple mediums what behavior is considered harassment and keep harassment awareness a priority even beyond training periods.
  • Use an established harassment prevention training program and ensure each employee participates in the training program at least twice a year. Managers/supervisors should participate in a more extensive harassment prevention training program in addition to the general employee program.

The above steps will go a long way in creating an environment where each employee feels harassment prevention is valued in the workplace. The employee should feel comfortable raising concerns about harassment and should also feel confident that his or her employer will take immediate action if harassment takes place.


It may be impossible to prevent every type of harassment in the workplace. But a solid harassment prevention program will not only make the workplace environment more enjoyable for employees and managers, a harassment prevention training program will be an organization’s best defense in harassment law suit.



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