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Workplace Sexual Harassment Laws & Issues - Chapter Summary
Inside this chapter, you'll find a series of bite-sized lessons that examine issues and laws pertaining to sexual harassment in the workplace. Our expert instructors will help you recognize various types of workplace harassment, as well as sexual harassment consequences, prevention, corrective measures, litigation and complaints procedures. Each lesson comes with a short quiz, and the chapter concludes with a comprehensive multiple-choice exam. You can study the chapter at any time using your computer or mobile device. Be sure to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions about the material. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Recognize the legal consequences of sexual harassment
- Identify different types of workplace harassment
- Differentiate between 'hostile environment' harassment and 'quid pro quo' harassment
- Evaluate statistics on workplace sexual harassment
- Prevent abusive workplace conduct
- Assess examples of email and Internet workplace harassment
- Contextualize the roles of supervisors and vicarious liability in relation to sexual harassment
- Understand how organizations develop sexual harassment policies
- Describe the implementation of internal sexual harassment complaints procedures
- Compare preventative and corrective measures relating to supervisor harassment
- Summarize the sexual complaint process of the EEOC
- Explain the purpose of affirmative defense in sexual harassment litigation
1. The Legal Consequences of Sexual Harassment
Workplace sexual harassment leads to many problems for all involved. In this lesson, you'll learn about the legal consequences of sexual harassment for the organization and for the perpetrator of the sexual harassment. A short quiz follows.
2. Types of Workplace Harassment: Verbal, Nonverbal, Physical & Visual
Conduct constituting workplace sexual harassment can come in various forms. In this lesson, you'll learn about verbal, nonverbal, physical and visual forms of workplace sexual harassment. A short quiz follows.
3. Quid Pro Quo Harassment: Definition & Examples
Quid pro quo harassment is one of the most common types of sexual harassment. Learn more about quid pro quo from examples, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
4. Sexual Harassment: 'Quid Pro Quo' vs. 'Hostile Environment' Harassment
Sexual harassment occurs any time comments, gestures, or physical contact transpires which is unwelcome, repetitive, and deliberate. This lesson defines two types of sexual harassment ('quid pro quo' and 'hostile environment') and provides examples of each.
5. Workplace Sexual Harassment Statistics
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is charged with investigating claims of workplace sexual harassment. It collects statistics on its investigations. In this lesson, we'll take a look at workplace sexual harassment statistics collected by the EEOC.
6. Abusive Conduct in the Workplace: Definition & Prevention
In this lesson, you'll learn about abusive conduct in the workplace, including the different forms it can take. You'll also find ways for employers, employees, and victims to stop and prevent it.
7. Internet & Email Harassment at Work: Definitions & Examples
The Internet and email have improved our communication and work life in many ways, but they have also expanded the risk for workplace sexual harassment. In this lesson, find out how this happens. A short quiz follows.
8. 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.
9. Developing a Sexual Harassment Policy
Prevention of sexual harassment requires a sound foundation. A well-developed sexual harassment policy provides such a foundation for prevention. In this lesson, you'll learn about key components for such policies.
10. Implementing an Internal Sexual Harassment Complaints Procedure
A sexual harassment policy isn't worth the paper it's printed on if there is not a mechanism to enforce it. In this lesson, you'll learn some key components of implementing a sexual harassment complaint procedure.
11. Preventative & Corrective Measures for Supervisor Harassment
Sometimes the best sexual harassment policies cannot stop sexual harassment. However, what they can do is to take appropriate corrective and preventative measures when it does occur. In this lesson, you'll learn how this can be done.
12. The EEOC Sexual Harassment Complaint Process
Employees have a right to file a charge of harassment or discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In this lesson, you'll learn about the complaint process and possible results. A short quiz follows.
13. Affirmative Defense in Sexual Harassment Litigation
Just because sexual harassment has occurred at the workplace doesn't necessarily mean an employer will be legally liable for the harassment. In this lesson, you'll learn about affirmative defenses and when they may be applicable to a sexual harassment case.
14. Required Assignments Reminder
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