Bystander Intervention: Chicago

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One of the most important ways that members of a community – be it a social or work environment – reinforce the standards of conduct expected of other members is by calling out those who violate the norms of the community. You don't have to a hero - there are many ways you can defuse the situation just long enough to interrupt what's going on, and help the person being victimized get out of the situation. In this course, you'll learn some approaches you can use to intervene when you witness someone being harassed by another. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Potomac Law Group, PLLC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Because laws and regulations governing discrimination and harassment may change, the most current legal developments may or may not be reflected in the course. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any law or other directive. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking independent legal advice.


  • intervene safely when you see a situation that goes against the norms of the community
  • recognize why victims and others are often reluctant to report harassment
  • identify federal laws that prohibit harassment in the workplace
  • identify protected classes covered under federal law
  • recognize behaviors that could be considered unlawful harassment
  • recognize situations that contribute to workplace harassment based on race and national origin
  • recognize the concepts that form the legal basis underpinning unlawful workplace harassment
  • identify and avoid behaviors that could be considered retaliation for harassment
  • describe the purpose and role of your company's harassment policies
  • intervene safely when you see a situation that goes against the norms of the community
  • recognize ways to intervene safely when you see someone being harassed
  • recognize how much it can mean to a person if you intervene when you see a coworker being harassed
  • respond to harassment if you are being harassed
  • recognize the benefits of a workplace that is based on respect and free from harassment
  • recognize the importance of your role and its effect on the workplace
  • recognize your role in preventing workplace harassment


  • Elements of Unlawful Harassment
  • Why People Are Reluctant to Report Harassment
  • Federal Anti-harassment Laws
  • Protected Classes Under Federal Law
  • Recognizing Unlawful Harassment
  • Case Study: Sophia
  • Knowledge Check: What is Unlawful Harassment?
  • Retaliation
  • Your Company's Anti-harassment and Conduct Policies
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Knowledge Check: Bystander Intervention
  • Case Study: Rachanee
  • Responding to Harassment if You Experience It
  • Benefits of a Respectful & Harassment-free Workplace
  • Knowledge Check: The Importance of Your Role
  • A Look Back