About This Chapter
Vicarious Liability & Sexual Harassment - Chapter Summary
Lessons in this chapter cover an organization's liability for various types of supervisor harassment, such as harassment leading to the demotion or firing of an employee. Topics of discussion include:
- Examples of vicarious liability
- Definition of a supervisor in harassment lawsuits
- Employer liability for harassment resulting in employment actions
- Employer liability for other types of supervisor harassment
The instructors in these video lessons go over the legal terms associated with vicarious liability in a way that makes them easy for your employees to understand. They also clearly delineate the types of behaviors that put an organization at risk of litigation. Lesson and chapter quizzes are included as well, so you can ensure your employees walk away from the lessons with a firm grasp of these sexual harassment concepts.
How It Helps
- Increases awareness: A knowledge of vicarious liability standards for sexual harassment lawsuits can help supervisors understand the risk unlawful behavior presents to themselves and their employers.
- Ensures compliance: Upper-level managers who oversee employment actions, such as the hiring, firing, demotion or promotion of an individual, can also come to fully understand the importance of complying with their company's sexual harassment policy and learn how to protect themselves in the event of a lawsuit.
By the end of this chapter, supervisors will be able to:
- Understand the meaning of vicarious liability
- Explain what actions qualify individuals as supervisors
- Outline harassment behaviors that negate an employer's affirmative defense
1. What Is Vicarious Liability? - Definition and Examples
Most times, a liability lawsuit is directed at the negligent party. Sometimes, a lawsuit can involve parties who are not directly involved in the dispute because of the relationship the outside party has with the defendant.
2. Supervisors & Vicarious Liability for Sexual Harassment
Supervisors are agents of their employers, and employers may be held legally responsible for the actions of their agents. In this lesson, you'll learn about an employer's vicarious liability for supervisor sexual harassment.
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