Jack Marshall

ProEthics Workplace Ethics and Sexual Harassment Training


The objective of ProEthics harassment and anti-discrimination training is to create both consensus and understanding among management and staff regarding appropriate and ethical workplace conduct.  For this reason, the training emphasizes ethical considerations, common sense, and respect, as well as critical concepts such as power abuse, hostile environments, marginalizing behavior, as well as the misuse of protective regulations as coercive weapons.

Its approach is to employ humor, drama, polling and interactive discussion to keep participants engaged and attentive.


Five key goals drive the training sessions:

  1. To explain and build support for the rationale, law, and ethical underpinnings of workplace harassment and anti-discrimination policies, in an interesting and non-threatening manner.
  2. To engage staff and management in an interactive and stimulating exploration of potential workplace scenarios, in order to increase sensitivity to and awareness of ethical issues and inappropriate behavior.
  3. To discuss various options for preventing, identifying, mitigating, and responding to harassment and discrimination situations.
  4. To ensure that the creation of a harassment-free environment does not interfere with the productive, informal, and collegial workplace atmosphere of the client organization.
  5. To overcome entrenched cynicism and resistance to sexual harassment regulations, and to build a consensus for ethical workplace conduct


ProEthics provides sexual harassment training in a two-hour (or 90 minute) format that is tailored to the needs of each organization. The model was initially developed for training sessions held for the Departments of the Navy and Defense, as well as other federal agencies, private sector associations, and businesses. We customize each presentation to the organization client’s culture, staff make-up, history, needs and preferences.

The presentations feature a trainer/facilitator (Jack Marshall, ProEthics founder and principle trainer), reference materials for participants, and, if desired and depending on budget limitations, three professional actors (“The Ethical Arts Players”).


The main body of the program is devoted to the discussion of  challenging hypotheticals ( when actors are involved, these are presented as comic skits) that illustrate  important dilemmas, issues and principles. T  Each hypothetical is discussed among the participants until a consensus is developed concerning how the situation should be handled.

The lecture and discussion of hypotheticals will cover as many of the following specific issues as possible, depending on time allotted and the needs of the group. ProEthics will add additional topics if the client desires, and concentrate special attention on specific issues as well, when the client believes this is warranted.

Among the topics are:

  • Sexual discrimination, overt, subtle, or unintentional
  • Quid pro quo harassment
  • Subtle threats
  • Vertical dating
  • Peer dating
  • Flirting issues: “unwanted advances,” mating rituals and non-verbal communication
  • Third party harassment
  • Jokes and casual conversation
  • Art, decorations, and environment issues
  • “Glass ceiling” issues
  • Consent
  • E-mail, text messaging, and blogs
  • Social networking sites
  • Same-sex harassment
  • Harassment “traps”
  • The “gray areas” of harassment , marginalizing conduct and discrimination
  • Misuse of the sexual harassment policies

All programs are customized according to the organization’s needs, experience, staff demographics and other factors.