Bullying Versus Harassment in 2015: How (and Why) to Prevent and Respond to Both

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
Learn strategies for preventing and responding to complaints of harassment and bullying as well as how to explain the difference.
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You know harassment is illegal but did you know there are anti-bullying laws in several states? Bullying and harassment share similarities but also important differences. Hear from experts in both fields about making the business case to your C-Suite to intervene. You will learn when to investigate and how to prevent both behaviors, including using your risk management program as an intervention tool. Last year's standing-room-only session has been updated with new approaches and case studies.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Alisa Shorago, J.D.


Alisa A. Shorago, J.D., is an accomplished and entertaining trainer, instructor, and speaker based in Southern California, as well as an attorney with over 15 years’ litigation experience, including experience defending sexual harassment suits.

Alisa began providing sexual harassment prevention training (AB 1825) training because she found it more satisfying to help people stay out of trouble than deal with matters once they had reached the litigation stage. She knew it would be possible to be not only an entertaining sexual harassment trainer but an informative one, so that participants would pay attention and actually learn.

Alisa started her own training company in 2008. Through Shorago Training Services, Alisa provides engaging and informative on-site seminars throughout California and the United States. Her training specialties include not only sexual harassment training but also interesting and fun training in business writing (including email writing), legal writing, business professionalism and etiquette, and workplace communication skills. She has led trainings for companies (including Fortune 100 companies) in a broad range of industries.

Catherine Mattice


Catherine Mattice is the President of Civility Partners, a training and consulting firm focused on helping organizations build positive workplace cultures. After dealing with a bully in an organization where she was the Director of Compliance and HR, Catherine began researching the topic of workplace bullying. Since 2004 she has published several articles, and appeared in the media as an expert in such places as USA Today, MSNBC, Inc. Magazine, NBC, ABC and FOX. Clients have included the US Marine Corps, Kaiser Permanente, and a variety of other private, public and government contracts. Catherine is past-president of ASTD, San Diego Chapter, an adjunct at National University and Brandman University, and heads a consulting group in the International Association for Workplace Bullying & Harassment.

Follow Catherine on Twitter @catmattice.

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HR Credit
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