The Legal Consequences of Sexual Harassment


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What type of liability is based upon a superior's responsibility for the conduct of its subordinates?

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1. Evan's small business recently experienced a sexual harassment claim. Evan's attorney told Evan that he should expect to hear from the federal government. This sounds very intimidating to Evan! Which government agency investigates charges of sexual harassment, and can bring enforcement actions against noncompliant employers?

2. Jane works for a small retail store owned by Dick who constantly sexually harasses Jane. In fact, Jane's work environment is so hostile and offensive she quits. What is the most relevant doctrine that applies to this situation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge of the legal ramifications of sexual harassment with these study questions. You will need to understand different forms of liability and the rights of employees in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Types of liability
  • The government agency that investigates harassment charges
  • Doctrine that applies to a harassment situation so severe the employee quits
  • The duty of the employer in a harassment situation

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use what you have learned to answer questions about examples of sexual harassment
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about sexual harassment and that you can interpret the resulting consequence correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can draw the most important information about the legal ramifications of sexual harassment from the related lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast legal concepts related to harassment, such as liability

Additional Learning

To learn more about the results of sexual harassment, review the lesson on The Legal Consequences of Sexual Harassment. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Discuss the legal impact of sexual harassment cases
  • Analyze the rights of the employee and the duties of the employer
  • Study various legal consequences by examining examples of sexual harassment cases