Discrimination General Information and Overview

In-depth Discrimination Awareness is the key to understanding, identifying, and avoiding individual or organizational policies and actions that may lead to discrimination charges. All types of discrimination are covered, including discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, disability and religion. Applicable laws and regulations are reviewed from a practical application aspect that will provide participants with tools to identify acts that may not comply with the law. Participants will know exactly what discrimination and harassment is, what their responsibilities are, and the initial steps to take if they observe discrimination and/or harassment or if an incident is brought to their attention by an employee.

Specifically, the following topics are covered:

  • Federal legislation governing discrimination and harassment (Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and related state legislation)
  • Case law and recent US Supreme Court rulings
  • Legal liability for the employer or school district and the individual
  • Duty to protect; deliberate indifference/reckless disregard
  • Appropriate behavior vs. inappropriate behavior
  • When discrimination and harassment is criminal
  • 5 point protocol for identifying actionable harassment and discrimination
  • Responsibility as an employee or manager
  • Company or school district policy
  • Valuing and creating a work or school environment that is free of discrimination and harassment
  • Analyze the psychodynamics of victims, perpetrators and witnesses
  • Learn steps to take when an incident occurs
  • Practice interview techniques appropriate to the sensitive nature of such cases
  • Utilize legally sound forms and templates for fact acquisition and report preparation

McGrath Systems will provide each participant with a McGrath Discrimination and Harassment Workbook, complete with up-to-date federal laws, EEOC and Office of Civil Rights guidelines, complaint intake forms, interview checklists, investigation procedures, and a template for preparing a final investigation report.

This program is flexible and can be delivered in an awareness segment or a more thorough intervention, complaint, and investigation segment.

Educator responses to the question: “What did you most value in this training?”

“A depth of understanding as to the value of diversity in the workplace and classroom as well as legal foundations.”

“The information I needed in a format that was logical and engaging. My intelligence and time were both respected.”

“The opportunity to discuss and share in groups issues that have and will impact our students.”

“A better understanding of harassment as well as what cultural diversity means.”

“Vast amount of information on the impact that biases have on organizations.”

“I valued the framework for problem solving and addressing issues.”