Updated Fall 2022!! Course Summary: Sexual harassment can happen in all environments, from the smallest workplaces to the largest corporations. Anyone can be a harasser, and anyone can be a target. For a church or faith-based organization, a public sexual harassment lawsuit can have far-reaching consequences. Organizations have a legal and moral responsibility to put measures in place to stop sexual harassment. As an employee, it is important that you have an awareness of sexual harassment and take action to stop it when you see it happening in your workplace. Illinois has laws in place specifically mandating sexual harassment training for all employees.

Time: Approximately 25 minutes

Learning Objectives:

  • Define sexual harassment
  • Know how federal laws have influenced sexual harassment mandates
  • Learn about legislation specific to Illinois
  • Identify the types of behavior that can be perceived as harassment
  • Define the criteria for harassment in a court of law
  • Learn the two main categories of sexual harassment
  • Know about investigations and disciplinary action that may result from a sexual harassment claim
  • Know your rights regarding sexual harassment as an employee in Illinois

Key Topics Include:

  • A Harassment-Free Workplace
  • The Effects of Harassment
  • Federal and State Laws
  • Legislation Specific to Illinois
  • The Me Too Movement
  • Defining Sexual Harassment
  • Typical Sexual Harassment Behaviors
  • Taking Offense
  • Two Types of Claims: Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment
  • Severe or Pervasive Behavior
  • Who can be Sexually Harassed?
  • Sexual Harassment Claims
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Sex Descrimination
  • Sexual Harassment Investigations
  • Disciplinary Action
  • Unlawful Harassment
  • What Can Churches Do?