Bullying Versus Harassment: What’s the Difference and How to Prevent Both

2014 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: Learn the similarities and differences between harassment and bullying, and tools for ending both.
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The case for preventing workplace harassment is well established, though many companies still underestimate the non- litigation costs. While discussions about workplace bullying are newer to HR, workplace bullying is highly prevalent and costly to companies. Both harassment and bullying cause anxiety, low job satisfaction, and increased turnover, but they have differing legal consequences. The distinction, and the overlap, between these concepts can certainly cause confusion. This session will help you define both the similarities and differences in workplace bullying and illegal harassment and understand their legal significance. The presenters will describe the damage caused by these behaviors to make a business case for ending them and articulate tactics for building a preventative and sustainable positive culture change.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

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.

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.

Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Intended Audience: 
Early Career
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