Protections for Employees

Protections for Employees


Welcome to Lawshelf’s course on protections for employees. In this course, we’ll look at federal and state laws that protect employees from discrimination, retaliation and other maltreatment by their employers. We’ll also help employers understand what is expected of them under the law and how to avoid potential litigation and liability.

This is a basic level course and you don’t need any previous training or experience to understand it. The course is recommended for legal professionals who work with employment law, human resource managers, business professionals who deal with human resources issues and members of the general public who would like to know what protections they’re entitled to in the workplace and what they can do if they have concerns about discrimination or maltreatment.

We’ll look at the central role of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the classes of workers that are protected under that landmark legislation and its amendments and interpretations. We’ll focus on many other rules as well, such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the National Labor Relations Act and whistleblower protection laws.

This course also takes you through the different types of discrimination claims, including disparate impact claims, disparate treatment claims and retaliation claims. We’ll look into sexual harassment and the federal and state rules that provide remedies for harassment and hostile work environments.

We’ll also look at the role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, usually known as the EEOC, and its processes for remedying problems with or without litigation.

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Between watching the modules, doing the self-test practice questions, reviewing the material and taking the final exam, we estimate that completing a video-course requires a time investment of 4-5 hours.  The courses are designed to get straight to the point. We’re cognizant that your time is valuable, and we condense the information you need to know to comprehensively cover a subject into as little time as practical.

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Once you complete the course by passing the final exam, you will be awarded a digital badge to display as evidence of your training and accomplishment.

How will a digital badge help me? 

Modern educational trends are moving away from traditional classroom-based course completion models and towards skills-based education. Employers today care more about skills than ever before. LawShelf digital badges conform to the Open Badge standard and are verifiable records of your skills that can easily be shared online.

How long do I retain access to the course materials?

You retain access the modules and take the final exam as long as you are a subscriber to LawShelf.

Protections for Employees Module 1: The Civil Rights Act and Employment Discrimination

Protections for Employees Module 2: Other Laws Preventing Discrimination

Protections for Employees Module 3: Workers with Disabilities or Injuries

Protections for Employees Module 4: Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Protections for Employees Module 5: The Right to Organize and Form Unions

Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.