Sexual Harassment Awareness & Prevention for Managers and Leaders

Course Code: 01-09-M327


This course discusses difficult and highly sensitive topics, including various forms of harassment, discrimination, and other inappropriate behaviors in the workplace. If you need help processing potentially challenging content, please reach out to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or your human resources (HR) office for further support.

Sexual harassment and discrimination include unwanted, unwelcome sexual behavior, gender diminishment, and sexually charged and hostile work environments. All forms of sexual and gender harassment and discrimination are costly, can interfere with employees’ abilities to perform their work, and are against policy. As a leader you are responsible for modeling appropriate behavior, addressing behavior constructively, and handling complaints. You are expected to support safe, respectful, lawful workplace environments and address inappropriate behavior and micro-aggressions related to sex, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. This includes interactions with non-employees.  This course teaches you the skills to meet these expectations and includes information to develop bystander intervention skills in staff.

NOTE: This course meets state requirements for leaders’ required training in preventing sexual harassment (WAC 357) and follows Office of Financial Management (OFM) Guidelines.

Performance Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize a full range of inappropriate behavior related to sex, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation.
  • Communicate staff expectations about behavior.
  • Understand responsibilities of effective and appropriate role-modeling and the risks of inappropriate role-modeling.
  • Use policies and procedures when communicating about and addressing inappropriate behavior.
  • Modeling appropriate bystander intervention and support staff in respectful, effective interventions.

Intended Audience: Leaders, managers, and supervisors.