Preventing Workplace Harassment

Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment Online Training Course

Workplace harassment is not just a legal issue—it's a workplace issue that can dramatically impact culture, hiring, retention and financial performance. While training learners on the legal concepts related to harassment based on gender and other protected categories, this program goes on to give learners practical tools they can apply in today’s workplace to spot and address conflict before serious problems develop. This program meets all training requirements related to harassment, including California’s AB1825, AB2053, SB396, SB1343, SB1300 and laws in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maine. It was created in partnership with preeminent subject matter experts Patti Perez and Phyllis Cheng. Ms. Perez is the primary author of the 2016 regulations relating to AB 1825 and training requirements in California. Ms. Cheng was the Director of California’s DFEH, the largest state civil rights enforcement agency in the United States.

Course Description

This program combines two different and complementary learning experiences with innovative course design. In the first part of this course, learners are introduced to harassment concepts and receive practical coaching on how to spot and address the kinds of workplace conflict that give rise to harassment claims and hurt team performance. In the second part of this course, learners are taught how to apply these lessons to video scenarios drawn from the headlines and actual cases. In an innovative first, learners also see how other learners assessed the scenarios—creating the sense of a true learner community. Recommended course versions include video scenarios curated by our experts. Employers can also customize the course by choosing other video scenarios from our growing library addressing other issues and work settings.


Course Snapshot

Course length: Available in 120 minute (Manager), 60 minute (Manager) and 35 minute (Employee) course versions. Canadian and International courses also available.

Audience: Managers and employees

Key Concepts

  • How to navigate employee conflict with our Workplace Color Spectrum™
  • What is harassment?
  • Types of harassment
  • What is unwelcome conduct?
  • What is severe or pervasive conduct?
  • Retaliation
  • Managers’ responsibility

Program Experts

Patti Perez is on a mission to transform workplace culture. She combines her experience as a licensed California attorney, a professionally-certified HR executive, a specialist in the prevention and resolution of workplace drama, an expert witness in state and federal court, a state regulator, and as an entrepreneur to create a revolutionary shift in the way we communicate and make decisions at work.

Patti serves as VP of Workplace Strategy for Emtrain to help us in our mission to create healthier workplace cultures. This role helps her to leverage technology solutions to deliver engaging, informative, and pragmatic content and also allows her to provide thought leadership on workplace training issues.

Phyllis W. Cheng is an employment law expert and expert mediator for high profile cases that provides investigation and expert witness services in Los Angeles. She is on the mediation panels of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District.

Phyllis was the Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the largest state civil rights agency in the United States. During her nearly seven-year tenure at DFEH, the agency took in 140,000 complaints and prosecuted between 400-500 cases, including several class complaints. Phyllis garnered wins and settlements of about $100 million plus affirmative relief.

Course Features

  • Satisfies training mandates from California (AB 1825, AB 2053, SB 396), Connecticut, New Jersey, Maine, and the EEOC
  • Community Polling Questions dynamically share data on other learners answers and assessments
  • Option to add, remove, or exchange scenarios from our library and/or add your branding and policy
  • Gives learners direct access to Emtrain subject matter experts for best practices
  • Shares anonymized, curated questions submitted by learners and answered by Emtrain experts
  • Tailored to include your branding and policies
  • Available in English and Spanish. International and Canadian programs also available