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Handling a Sexual Harassment Investigation Online Training Course

Course Overview

Introduction to How to Handle a Sexual Harassment Investigation is an online training course that was specifically created to address OSHA’s regulations governing investigations into sexual harassment. Topics covered include types of sexual harassment cases, hostile work environments, prevention training, maintaining confidentiality and privacy, EEOC, positive work environments, and more.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this OSHA compliant course, the student will be able to:

  • Handle a sexual harassment investigation properly and in accordance with OSHA standards.
  • Treat reports of sexual harassment seriously.
  • Keep allegations confidential and respect privacy of those involved.
  • Document incidents in writing. 
  • Identify documents and other pieces of relevant evidence.
  • Better listen and observe throughout a potential incident.
  • Get help when they don’t have all the proper resources.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • The devastation that can result from sexual harassment and recognizing that it is a form of discrimination that should not be in the workplace.
    • Federal and state laws that address sexual harassment.
    • The two types of cases that exist: Quid Pro Quo and hostile work environment.
    • Behaviors and items that can create a hostile work environment.
    • Preventing sexual harassment with prevention training and a written harassment policy.
    • How to provide employees with confidential avenues for filing complaints.
  • Investigations
    • The ethical obligation to handle allegations appropriately.
    • A review of responsibilities of the manager in the event of an investigation.
    • How to maintain confidentiality and privacy while keeping critical information “on the record”.
    • Remaining neutral throughout an investigation.
    • Specific steps to follow in the event of an allegation, including how to conduct an initial interview with a potential victim.
    • How keep proper records and documentation involving the victim and harasser.
    • Obtaining information from witnesses, and how to use this information.
  • After an Investigation
    • Making sure that everyone understands how seriously your company takes accusations.
    • Creating a positive environment for the victim to return to.
    • Looking to EEOC as a resource.