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 4-module, 1-hour 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
  • The Federal Laws
  • Early Harassment Cases and the Significance of Federal Law for Supervisors
  • 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
  • Sticky Workplace Situations
  • Creating a Hostile Environment for Others
  • Harassment Prevention is Everyone’s Responsibility
  • Confidentiality vs. Your Responsibilities
  • Zero-Tolerance Policies
  • Introducing Employees to Harassment Policies
  • Avoiding Stereotypes
  • Sexual Harassment Claims
  • If You, the Supervisor, are Accused of Harassment
  • Cooperating with an Investigation
  • Conducting an Investigation
  • Gathering Pertinent Facts
  • If the Perpetrator Acknowledges or Denies Harassment
  • Compensation for Victims
  • Disciplinary Action and Investigation Follow-Up