What’s the difference between compliance and real diversity training? Respect. It’s the extra step, says noted employment-law attorney Bob Gregg, that can help keep your company avoid discrimination lawsuits.
The partner at Boardman & Clark spoke with DiversityInc and gave a high-level presentation on compliance, training and the legalities in Diversity Training Goes Way Beyond Compliance. He provided six reasons for companies to go above and beyond basic compliance training. These include:
- The focus on compliance training is aimed at saving money, while diversity training is about making money.
- Courts frequently hold companies liable for allowing discriminatory cultures to flourish.
- More and more decisions involving significant punitive damages occur when companies fail to give basic compliance training.
- Courts have ruled that when the people in charge aren’t given the right training, there is liability.
- Training should emphasize respect for the workplace and carry a message.
- Specific training on issues, such as generational differences, often needs to be held.
Read more of these insights in Diversity Training Goes Way Beyond Compliance.