New EEOC Report Highlights the Need for Continued Training Effort

The EEOC released a 95-page report in late June revealing the results of a study by a newly formed task force. The task force was assembled by the agency to examine the continued existence of workplace harassment and bullying (or lack thereof) 30 years following the Supreme Court’s recognition of harassment as a form of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Predictably, the study found that workplace harassment is sadly not only alive and well, but that companies and organizations are not doing enough to train their employees and managers on preventing and eradicating harassment from their workplace.

There is a Growing Need for Harassment Prevention Training

The EEOC study unquestionably validates the necessity of harassment training. The report recommends tailored training to the needs of the particular workplace, including vast customization options and interactivity as a means of promoting engagement. The report also acknowledges the cost-prohibitive nature of live training as an exclusive means of harassment prevention. Therefore, those e-learning providers with the most interactivity are best equipped to lead the charge away from simple “check-the-box” training and into the future of compliance which will be leadership driven and multi-faceted.

The Economics of Harassment Litigation are Staggering

The report states that in fiscal 2015 the EEOC collected over $164.5 million for harassment complainants. It also states that over 90% of individuals who experience harassment never file a formal complaint. Interestingly, the report blatantly ignores the legal definitions of harassment, instead using the task force’s own subjective (and not precedent-based) standard of “objectionable conduct” to gather its data.

Such a sociological approach calls into question the validity of much of the “unreported” data, as harassment is inherently a legal problem. Further, harassment is clearly an enormous problem in corporate America and training is essential to its prevention. Artificially inflating the numbers to make a horrible problem sound worse is a questionable approach at best. Nevertheless, the EEOC prosecuted enough cases to recover $164.5 million, which is money better spent on creating a culture of compliance than to plaintiffs filing complaints and ultimately lawsuits.

New Recommendations for Harassment Prevention Recommended

The EEOC’s findings also focus on the implementation of bystander intervention training and workplace civility courses as part of a buffet of compliance training designed to eliminate all forms of harassment at work. By making it clear to employees that workplace bullying is unacceptable and encouraging them to “speak up” when they witness an act of bullying or harassment there is a higher likelihood that a culture of compliance will become second-nature at your company.

Syntrio is Ready to Meet Your Harassment Prevention Training Needs

Syntrio is well ahead of the curve set by the task force. As a leader in compliance thought, Syntrio is pleased to offer a full suite of “managing within the law” courses aimed at creating the holistic approach to compliance that the report mentions is essential to compliance in the modern era. Our courses combine vast customization options with interactive scenarios based on real-life cases and workplace experiences that keep the user engaged and entertained. Add in our “Compliance Moments” short video segments that prime and refresh the user and it is easy to see why Syntrio is a leader in the compliance and e-learning industry

Syntrio is committed to helping businesses avoid costly incidents associated with legal and ethical violations in the workplace. We are also able to custom-tailor our courses to fit the needs of your business. Contact for more information about our prevention of workplace harassment online courses for employees and management and remember to follow us on Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn for daily updates on compliance that impact your company!


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