From Respectful to Unlawful Behavior Event

This event took place on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. See below for session resources and to request the recording.

Session Resources

As we work to build healthy and respectful workplace cultures, it is essential to understand the full spectrum of behaviors. Sepler & Associates’ Continuum of Workplace Conduct is a powerful model for understanding the full range of workplace behaviors, the impact of each stage on organizational culture, and what leaders can do to intervene to protect their organizational culture and prevent escalation of behaviors. This framework covers the practices that build robustly healthy workplaces, the behavior that derails workplace safety and respect, and the lawful and unlawful conduct that can toxify a workplace.

Fran Sepler led this session on the four stages of workplace conduct:

  1. Respectful Behavior (and its benefits)
  2. Rude and Uncivil Behavior (and its costs)
  3. Bullying or Abusive Behavior
  4. Unlawful Harassment

We reviewed a scenario for each of the continuum stages, and explored impacts and opportunities for intervention.

This session was recorded and is available to view upon request. If you have any questions, please contact

About Our Speaker

Fran Sepler is best known for her pioneering work in harassment prevention and workplace investigations. She has developed techniques and protocols used by organizations throughout the United States to investigate complaints of workplace misconduct. Ms. Sepler also wrote Finding the Facts: What Every Workplace Investigator Needs to Know, published in 2008.

She has conducted over 1,000 workplace investigations, served as an expert witness regarding employer response to employee complaints, and provided anti-harassment, anti-bullying and implicit bias training for thousands of organizations. She has also conducted workplace climate assessments for myriad workplaces of all sizes.

Fran was commissioned by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to develop “Respect in the Workplace” and “Leading for Respect” which are offered nationwide. From 2018 until 2021, Fran was the lead trainer for Ta’amod, which “seeks to help Jewish communal institutions and all who work, learn, or worship at them develop cultures of safety, respect, and equity”, and has provided training for private, public, nonprofit, and higher education workplaces focusing on the evidence-based value of human connection, feedback, coaching, empathy, and mindful efforts to build workspaces where people show up with full engagement.

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