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Training Supervisors to Prevent Workplace Harassment

Joe Vossen, JD, CPCU
March 2021

Why Read This

In cases involving allegations of harassment, juries often focus on how an employer responded to harassment complaints. Supervisors are a crucial first link in recognizing harassment and initiating the response at a K-12 school, college, or university.

This report details how to properly educate and empower first-line supervisors to prevent harassment. These strategies potentially can help your institution avoid claims or save your institution from being found liable.

Key Takeaways

  • At many institutions, there is confusion about who is a supervisor or legally will be considered one; generally, employees are supervisors if they have authority over other employees.
  • In supervisor training, consider using a broad definition of harassment that includes unlawful and inappropriate workplace behavior and clarifies that workplace harassment is simply mean-spirited behavior.
  • Instead of letting employees make harassment complaints to their supervisors, strongly consider designating a few positions or people to whom harassment complaints may be made.

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