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Diversity Legal Requirements: Know Your Legal Rights and Duties – Online


Learn about anti-discrimination laws, affirmative action plans, hiring and termination policies, the history of diversity laws, and more. By the end of this course, you will better understand how regulations are designed to prevent systematic discrimination.


Regularly, every employee confronts employment law regulations from discrimination/harassment regulations, designating an employee versus an independent contractor, and handling employment contracts such as non-compete agreements. The law may apply from an employee asserting their legal rights or from a manager’s perspective, as they are tasked with drafting employee procedures, handling employee complaints, supervising employees, hiring employees, or possibly terminating other employees. Without knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations, employees unintentionally put their companies at legal risk.

Specifically, this section includes a review of anti-discrimination laws, harassment legal prevention, affirmative action plans, hiring and termination policies, employee policy recommendations, non-compete/no-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, and employee versus independent contract designations.

Finally, throughout this course, we will focus on the history of diversity employment laws. By understanding the legal history of diversity laws, an employee learns the reasoning behind such regulations to prevent systematic discrimination.

Leading with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Certificate

This course is a part of the Leading with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Certificate.

This online certificate has been designed to challenge you and help you grow as a leader and individual. Understand the essentials to foster diversity and inclusion, which will lead to better business outcomes, innovation, and increased efficiency.

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How It Works

100% online, led by instructor

On-demand access, 12 weeks to complete

5-6 hours of content & interactive learning assignments

Topics covered:

  • History of diversity employment laws
  • Anti-discrimination laws
  • Harassment legal prevention
  • Affirmative action plans
  • Hiring and termination policies
  • Employee policy recommendations
  • Non-compete/No-solicitation agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Employee versus independent contract designations
Who should attend:

As no one is immune from the law, this course will benefit any individual that is employed. As this course includes both employees’ rights and duties in the legal world of Employment Law at differing levels of responsibility, employees at all levels will benefit from this course.

Return on education:

  • Employer benefits:
    • I need the knowledge and confidence of knowing my legal rights as an employee.
    • I need to use this knowledge to create a diverse workplace while staying within legal parameters.
  • Employee benefits:
    • We need the knowledge and confidence of knowing our legal rights an employer.
    • We need to use this knowledge to create a diverse workplace while staying within legal parameters.

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 6 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

Available On-Demand

You will receive course materials and gain access to the learning environment within one business day of registration and payment. Once you start the course, you will have 12 weeks to complete it.

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Colee Pyne

Colee Pyne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. She received her bachelor of science in accounting and political science from Utah State University. She also received her Juris Doctorate, Law from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.


  1. Alyssa Charles

    “As someone who seriously considered attending law school, I genuinely enjoyed the course content! I especially appreciated the knowledge checks as the short quizzes required I think about the content in a practical, applicable manner. We covered so many topics and themes in this course that I’ll have to spend some time unpacking it all. I really enjoyed learning about the different court cases and the resulting decisions.”
    -Michael Bustamante

  2. Alyssa Charles

    “The overall knowledge of this first course, it opened my eyes to so much that I need to be more aware of. I’m really looking forward to finishing this course, I have been very impressed so far!
    -Eddie Gist

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