Niagara: Safe to Speak Up: Encouraging Bystander Intervention in Workplace Harassment

Date and Time

Starts:10/20/2021 9:00 AM

Ends:10/20/2021 11:00 AM

Registration Closes:10/19/2021 5:00 PM

Event Type: Webinar

2 Hour(s)



Members: Free or $5 Donation
Non-members: $30


Additional Information

Registration Closes: October 19, 2021 at 5:00PM

Event Sponsor

Bystanders can play a crucial role in helping employers to learn about and address incidents of workplace harassment.

However, we know that bystanders often do not intervene to stop harassment or even report it to anyone.

If we want to encourage bystander intervention in our workplaces, we first have to understand who bystanders are and how they can intervene. Then, we have to figure out how bystanders decide whether to act. How can we make our workplaces ones where it is safe to speak up?

This session will provide an overview of bystanders, including bystander intervention strategies and an examination of why bystanders choose not to intervene. It will provide suggestions for encouraging bystander intervention in the workplace.

References to practical examples and strategies from case law and research will be used throughout.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand who bystanders are in the context of workplace harassment and the strategies that workplace bystanders can use to intervene.
  2. Understand what motivates some bystanders to speak up and what prevents others from doing so.
  3. Learn how to encourage bystander intervention in your workplace.


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Speaker bio(s)
Elizabeth Bingham

Elizabeth Bingham is a workplace investigator and trainer at Rubin Thomlinson LLP. In her role as an investigator, she conducts investigations into a range of issues, including harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination. As a trainer, she values the opportunity to connect with people from all sorts of organizations to talk about making their workplaces more respectful and inclusive.