Employee Rights in Corrections

Employee Rights in Corrections 

Issues related to privacy rights, discrimination, and sexual harassment are common in the correctional workplace. Correctional employees should be aware of their employee rights, procedural protections, and their sources to be prepared to address these issues.

This course will provide entry level corrections officers in jails and prisons, entry level probation and parole officers in community corrections, and entry level youth workers in juvenile facilities with information on basic employee rights.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-ERC
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Name 8 sources of employee rights.
Identify correctional employee rights related to 4 common privacy issues.
List 3 types of procedural protections employees may have related to their employment.
Describe up to 4 circumstances that apply to the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Define the term discrimination and identify 7 common types of discrimination in the workplace.

Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Employee Rights

A. Sources of Employee Rights

B. Employee Rights and Privacy Issues

C. Knowledge Check

D. Employment Status

E. Correctional Officer Procedural Protections

F. Performance Evaluations

G. Review

H. Summary

Section 3: FMLA and FLSA

A. The Family and Medical Leave Act

B. The Fair Labor Standards Act

C. Review

D. Summary

Section 4:  Discrimination

A. Discrimination Defined

B. Types of Discrimination

C. Discrimination Based on Race/Color

D. Discrimination Based on Religion

E. Discrimination Based on National Origin

F. Discrimination Based on Sex

G. Discrimination Based on Age

H. Discrimination Based on Genetic Information

I. Discrimination Based on Disability

J. Review

K. Summary

Section 5: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

F. Exam

G. Brain Sparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Linda L. Bryant, J.D., Sworn Jail Officer
Linda L. Bryant, J.D. is veteran public safety official and legal expert. She served as the Deputy Attorney General for Virginia for Criminal Justice and Public Safety where she supervised a team of over 80 attorneys who represented the state's public safety agencies in state and federal courts. She and her team provided legal advice on public safety matters and policy development to the Governor of Virginia, the Secretary of Public Safety, all public safety agencies and the state legislature. Her duties also included providing legal advice to and overseeing all litigation against the state Department of Corrections. She also served for nearly 18 years as a state prosecutor, where she prosecuted thousands of cases focusing her efforts on violent crime, serving as lead trial attorney on over 40 murder cases. During that time she also taught as an Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary law school. She also served on the Working Group that developed the "21st Century Principles of Prosecution, Peace Officer Use of Force Project" for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Ms. Bryant is currently the Assistant Superintendent and Compliance Attorney at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, a jail with an average daily population of approximately 1100 inmates. The jail houses special needs inmates to include those with serious medical and mental health concerns. Disclosure: Linda L. Bryant, J.D., Sworn Jail Officer has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Stanley Adelman, J.D.
Professor Adelman is a former Senior Litigation Attorney for Massachusetts Department of Correction and Massachusetts Parole Board, and General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. He is also the former Chair, Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Corrections, Probation & Parole. Professor Adelman writes legal case commentaries regularly for Corrections Today, the periodical of the American Correctional Association, and for other legal and criminal justice journals. He is also a criminal justice trainer and consultant and has taught and trained judges, prosecutors, defenders, police, corrections, probation, and parole personnel on criminal justice topics such as correctional law, sentencing, drunk driving, and governmental tort liability. Professor Adelman began his criminal justice career as a parole officer for the State of New York. Disclosure: Stanley Adelman, J.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Diane Geiman
Ms. Geiman is ACA’s Online Training Administrator. She also serves as the Academy’s instructional curriculum developer. Ms. Geiman has more than 20 years of experience in developing training programs for criminal justice professionals, including lesson plans, multimedia training programs, and print and online courses. She has received numerous awards for both print curricula and comprehensive video programs on topics such as criminal and juvenile justice, medical and mental health, supervision, management, and law. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. Disclosure: Diane Geiman has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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