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1 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sexual Harassment # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Making your job easier!

2 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. What Do You Know About Sexual Harassment? There are no specific laws addressing sexual harassment, but there have been successful lawsuits. True or False As long as people keep their hands to themselves, no one can complain of harassment. True or False

3 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. What Do You Know About Sexual Harassment? (cont.) Cases of sexual harassment affect only those involved; everyone else can carry on business as usual. True or False Employers are the only ones responsible for preventing harassment. True or False

4 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Sexual Harassment And the Law Title VII The courts Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

5 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Sexual Harassment And the Law (cont.) EEOC defines sexual harassment as sexual conduct that is: Unwelcome Harmful Illegal

6 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Is this Sexual Harassment? Yes or No A female employee wears miniskirts A female supervisor makes frequent comments about a male employees physique A male supervisor makes frequent comments about a male employees physique Two co-workers forward each other off-color jokes they received in s

7 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Is This Sexual Harassment? Yes or No (cont.) An employee asks a co-worker out Two co-workers develop a personal relationship An employee posts a swimsuit calendar in his work area A good customer makes provocative comments to employees

8 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. This Is Sexual Harassment Economic Harassment Quid pro quo Automatic liability Tangible employment action must actually occur

9 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. This Is Sexual Harassment Hostile Work Environment Severe or pervasive conduct (or both) Intimidating, hostile, or offensive displays Automatic liability for supervisors tangible employment action

10 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. This Is Sexual Harassment Hostile Work Environment (cont.) If no tangible employment action, then employers might avoid liability Nonsupervisors, including co-workers, customers, and clients

11 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Whos Affected by Sexual Harassment? Those who commit Employees at any level Clients or customers Members of the same sex

12 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Whos Affected by Sexual Harassment? (cont.) Those who experience Direct targets Bystanders and witnesses

13 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Preventing Sexual Harassment Management Responsibility Management needs to create, communicate, and enforce a policy that: Provides a clear statement of the companys position against sexual harassment Promotes compliance and prevention by defining responsibilities Protects employee rights and fosters respect for all parties

14 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Preventing Sexual Harassment Employee Responsibility Know and comply with company policy Address incidents of sexual harassment immediately Cooperate with investigations

15 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. What You Now Know About Sexual Harassment Title VII, the courts, and EEOC are legal entities that cover sexual harassment Sexual harassment involves more than physical conduct; it can be verbal or visual, or can be an overall hostile environment

16 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. What You Now Know About Sexual Harassment (cont.) Cases of sexual harassment affect many people in the workplace, including customers, co-workers, bystanders, and witnesses Both employers and employees have responsibilities for preventing harassment in the workplace

17 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Test What You Know What are the two main forms of sexual harassment? Under what law is sexual harassment considered to be discrimination based on gender? What agency offers a detailed formal definition of sexual harassment?

18 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Test What You Know (cont.) What are the three criteria for identifying sexual harassment? Name two actions that could be considered sexual harassment and explain why. Name two actions that would not be considered sexual harassment and explain why not.

19 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Test What You Know Answers Q:What are the two main forms of sexual harassment? A:Economic harassment and hostile environment Q:Under what law is sexual harassment considered to be discrimination based on gender? A:Title VII

20 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Test What You Know Answers (cont.) Q:What agency offers a detailed formal definition of sexual harassment? A:The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Q:What are the three criteria for identifying sexual harassment? A:That the incident is unwelcome, harmful, and illegal

21 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Test What You Know Answers (cont.) Q:Name two actions that could be considered sexual harassment and explain why. A:Posting a swimsuit calendar or continuing to ask out a co-worker who has said no Q:Name two actions that would not be considered sexual harassmentand explain why not. A:Exchanging off-color s or asking a co-worker out

22 # /0903 ©Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Resources The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (www.eeoc.gov) Title VII (http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/vii.html) BLRs Preventing Sexual Harassment Pocket Guide (http://catalog1.blr.com/booklet.cfm? product= )


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