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. 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. New York 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 the state of New York and New York City
  • 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 New York

Key Topics Include:

  • A Harassment-Free Church Workplace
  • The Effects of Harassment
  • The Federal Laws
  • Legislation Specific to New York State and New York City
  • Defining Sexual Harassment
  • Criteria: Protected Status: Unwelcome Behavior; Severe or Pervasive Behavior; Adverse Effect in the Workplace
  • Two Types of Sexual Harassment: Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment
  • Sexual Harassment Claims
  • Coming Forward
  • Cooperating With an Investigation
  • Disciplinary Action
  • Don’t Retaliate
  • Zero-Tolerance Policies
  • Stopping Harassment

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