Harassment Prevention for Employees - State and Local Government Edition

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Harassment at work can have a corrosive effect on a public employer's culture and can lead to low employee morale, reduced productivity, civil liability and possible even criminal prosecution. Focusing on the forms of harassment prohibited by federal law, this course will provide an overview of the types of behaviors that can give rise to harassment claims, including those based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, and disability. Note that state law that applies to your workplace may have additional protections. It will also discuss the benefits of and strategies for promoting a respectful work environment that is free of all forms of harassment, retaliation, and discrimination. If you have questions about harassment either during or after this course, please contact the designated human resources professional at your employer who is trained in this field. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. 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 federal, state, or local laws. 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 professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


  • identify characteristics that are protected from unlawful discriminatory harassment under various federal and state laws
  • identify examples of behaviors that may constitute harassment
  • recognize the benefits to be gained from being aware of harassment in your workplace
  • identify appropriate actions to take if you are harassed at work


  • What Is Unlawful Harassment?
  • Recognizing Workplace Harassment
  • If You Are Harassed