SMLR Introduces New Sexual Harassment Courses for Managers, Supervisors, HR Pros, Union Reps, and Workers

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (November 15, 2017) –The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations today announced two professional workshops designed to help employers prevent workplace sexual harassment, out serial offenders, and support victims. The school’s Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) developed Investigating Sexual Harassment earlier this year as part of a new certificate program, then added Countering and Preventing Sexual Harassment in response to the outpouring of allegations in Hollywood and across the country. Both courses will be offered this winter.

“When people in authority use the power of their position to force others to do things they don’t want to do, we all suffer,” said Professor Michael Merrill, Director of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. “Learning to counter and prevent sexual harassment is an obligation each of us needs to assume. The brave women and men who have spoken out in recent weeks deserve our thanks and our support.”

Inspired by the #MeToo campaign that has encouraged many victims to break their silence, Countering and Preventing Sexual Harassment (Friday, December 8) will focus on prevention and support. Instructor Debbie L. Hines, a longtime corporate consultant in human resource management, organizational structure, and mediation, will cover:

  •          What are the warning signs of sexual harassment?
  •          What can you do to prevent an incident?
  •          If you have been the victim of harassment, what should you do?
  •          Which resources and support networks are available for victims?
  •          What should you do if you witness or learn of an instance of harassment?
  •          How can you support co-workers and others who have been victims?

Investigating Sexual Harassment (Friday, January 26) is geared toward attorneys, human resources professionals, managers, supervisors, and union representatives interested in sharing their experiences and refreshing their understanding of their rights and obligations. Instructor James Cooney, an arbitrator and attorney who has represented plaintiffs in sexual harassment cases, will explore:

  •          Which laws prohibit sexual harassment?
  •          When does a complaint rise to the level of criminal charges?
  •          Which provisions should be included in every employer’s sexual harassment policy?
  •          What are the basics of an effective sexual harassment investigation?
  •          How can EEOC guidelines affect an employer’s investigation?
  •          How can a union representative best protect member interests during an investigation?
  •          Which legal remedies and damages are available to victims?
  •          What kinds of counterclaims are often brought by alleged harassers?

Both workshops will take place at the Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, in New Brunswick. Click here for information about workshop fees and how to register.

Participants may enroll in each workshop on an individual basis, or take them as part of one of LEARN’s certificate programs. Other courses include Workplace Investigations and Interviews; Bias and Discrimination; Discipline and Termination; Disability; and Health and Safety.

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