Course Summary:

Sexual harassment law is designed to provide employees with peace of mind, knowing that they are protected in the workplace. But harassment law also provides peace of mind for employers, who can be held liable for the actions of their employees. As a supervisor, it is your responsibility to provide all employees with a safe place to work without feeling threatened or uncomfortable. This 3-module, 45-minute course will put you in a position to make a real difference as your church strives to create a harassment-free work environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know how federal laws and court cases have influenced sexual harassment mandates
  • 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
  • Identify situations that could present potential problems in the workplace
  • Recognize your role as a manager in sexual harassment scenarios
  • Conduct a proper harassment investigation

Key Topics Include:

  • A Harassment-Free Church Workplace
  • Federal and State Laws
  • Early Harassment Cases and the Significance of Federal Law for Supervisors
  • The Me Too Movement
  • Defining Sexual Harassment
  • Typical Sexual Harassment Behaviors
  • Two Types of Sexual Harassment Claims: Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment
  • Adverse Effects
  • Severe or Pervasive Behavior
  • What Should Victims Do?
  • Sexual Harassment Claims
  • Sexual Harassment Investigations
  • Interviewing the Accuser and the Accused
  • Interviewing Bystanders or Witnesses
  • Disciplinary Action
  • Unlawful Retaliation
  • Victim Compensation
  • How Can Churches Take Action?