Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation in the Community College Environment

When talking about discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in an academic setting, it is important to remember that there are two distinct environments at issue: the work environment and the educational environment.  While each environment presents its own unique challenges, there is no disputing the negative impacts that result from discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in either environment.  Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation impedes both employment and educational opportunities, and negatively impacts employee and student morale, work or academic performance, and the provision of educational services. 

In addition, such conduct: (1) deters quality job applicants from applying to your district (2) creates a poor public image; and (3) can result in hundreds of thousands of public dollars being spent on attorneys' fees and damage awards, rather than on educational services. 

This workbook and the accompanying seminar provides the training that California law requires supervisory employees receive on the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. It also discusses the obligations that districts have toward their students in providing them with an educational environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.  

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