Supervisors & Vicarious Liability for Sexual Harassment


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What type of special legal relationship exposes an employer to liability for the wrongful acts of its supervisors?

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1. Which of the following is most likely a tangible employment action?

2. Caroline has just learned that one of her company's managers, Chris, is accused of sexually harassing an employee in his department. Caroline is really hoping the company will not be held responsible for Chris' actions, since they take special precautions to prevent this sort of thing from happening and did not know about the harassment. When could Caroline utilize a special affirmative defense that might prevent her company's vicarious liability for Chris' sexual harassment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of sexual harassment in the workplace. Students will be tested on affirmative defense and a tangible employment action.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Relationship that exposes an employer to liability against its supervisors
  • Tangible employment action
  • Vicarious liability
  • Affirmative defense

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the supervisor sexual harassment lesson
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about what affirmative defense is
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding a tangible employment action

Additional Learning

To learn more about how a supervisor's sexual harassment can affect a business, review the lesson called Supervisors & Vicarious Liability for Sexual Harassment. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Identify what vicarious liability is and how a company can be liable for a supervisor's actions
  • Review what a tangible employment action is and how that affects liability
  • Define supervisor according to the EEOC
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