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, a public sexual harassment lawsuit can have far-reaching consequences. Churches have a legal and moral responsibility to put measures in place to stop sexual harassment. This 25-minute course will help employees and volunteers have an awareness of sexual harassment and take action to stop it when they see it happening in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define sexual harassment
  • Know the federal laws that relate to sexual harassment and how state laws may apply in your church
  • Identify the types of behavior that can be perceived as sexual harassment
  • Define the criteria for sexual harassment in a court of law
  • Understand how you can become an active participant in stopping harassment behavior
  • Be aware of investigations and disciplinary action that may result from a sexual harassment claim

Key Topics Include:

  • A Moral and Legal Obligation
  • Federal and State Laws
  • The Me Too Movement
  • Defining Sexual Harassment
  • Typical Sexual Harassment Behaviors
  • Two Types of Sexual Harassment Claims: Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment
  • Severe or Pervasive Behavior
  • Coming Forward
  • Who Can be Sexually Harassed?
  • A Toxic Environment
  • Bystander Intervention
  • What Should Victims Do?
  • Sexual Harassment Investigations
  • Disciplinary Action
  • Unlawful Retaliation
  • What Can Churches Do?