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Handling Sexual Harassment Allegations in the Workplace

  • 5 CPD Hours Apex Building, Blackthorn Road Sandyford Business District D18 (map)

Interpreting and correctly investigating sexual harassment allegations within the new IRHEC Codes of Practice.

Learn how to deal with sexual harassment allegations arising from clients and customer interaction with staff, internal allegations and subsequent investigations. There has been a significant rise of allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace and the issue has been magnified by the media. Equally, the #MeToo movement has brought the issue to the forefront of the employer’s attention. According to market research and polling giant WIN International, Ireland has the highest level of claimed Sexual Harassment in Europe. 

No workplace is exempt from conduct that can be interpreted as such; therefore, it is imperative that employers have up to date policies and procedures in place to deal with an allegation. Employers are responsible for any claims and allegations made against an employee through vicarious liability. This course will cover the key components in drafting an internal policy, how to conduct a fair investigation and understanding what preventative measures can be taken.  

All attendees will get a chance to engage in an informative Q & A session, and will receive a highly informative course pack, and leave with 5 structured CPD Points.

Course Content

Module 1

  • New Code of Practice on Sexual Harassment- What You Need to Know 

  • Why Are We Talking About Sexual Harassment?

  • How Do You Identify It? – Role Play 

  • What Is It? - Review of Role Play

  • What Does It Feel Like to Bring A Claim? 

Module 2 

  • Employers Liability 

  • Legal Framework 

  • How Does an Employer’s Defence Work in Practice? 

  • Case Law and Practical Insights 

  • How Do You Change A Culture? 

  • Training- Bystander Test

Module 3 

  • What Are the Key Components of a Harassment Policy? 

  • Case Study- How to Conduct A Properly Managed Investigation

  • Investigations and Fair Procedures – Pitfalls to Be Avoided 

  • Potential Disciplinary Outcome 

  • Trends in Use of Non-Disclosure/ Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements

Who Should Attend?

This CPD course will be of interest to managers, supervisors, and HR professionals understand the dimensions of sexual harassment and steps that can be taken to address this behaviour in an organisation.


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Hours. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full five hours.


This training course costs €395 EARLY-BIRD (€415 Normal rate). The price includes course documentation and training pack, teas and coffee, snacks, biscuits, fruit on arrival. Lunch is a light fare containing freshly cut sandwiches, wraps, a selection of teas and coffee. Alternatively, you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops within a one-minute radius of the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.