Sex, Power, and the Law

What Managers Must Know and Do to Prevent Harassment in Their Organizations
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

You know you're not going to harass anyone, but you might be  somewhat fearful of being accused of doing so and want to know where the lines are. You also need to know what to do if you learn about a possible incident of harassment.

This course introduces participants to the two kinds of illegal workplace harassment, the classes of people who are protected, and effective prevention strategies. It reviews the emotional turmoil, physical illness, indirect financial costs, and litigation risks that damage unprotected organizations. The training summarizes what organizations must do to comply with state and federal harassment prevention laws. It explains what all employees should do if they become targets and what managers and supervisors must do if they learn of an incident of possible harassment.

What are the requirements?

  • None

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Recognize conduct that constitutes illegal workplace harassment and state why no organization may tolerate it.
  • Recognize the destructive impact of harassment on individuals, the indirect financial costs it imposes on organizations, and the risk of expensive lawsuits and high damage awards in organizations that have no effective prevention system.
  • Recognize useful prevention strategies, including growing a respectful workplace, writing and communicating an anti-harassment policy, and obtaining a commitment to comply with clearly stated harassment-prevention rules.
  • Identify what you should do if you are the target of harassment.
  • Communicate four basic rules that, if followed, will prevent illegal harassment by management employees and contribute to a respectful workplace.
  • Identify what you must do if you learn of a possible incident of harassment.
  • Recognize that retaliation of any kind is illegal and can be the basis for a lawsuit against the organization.
  • Summarize the law prohibiting workplace harassment and the employer’s potential legal liability for harassment.

Who is the target audience?

  • Managers, supervisors, executives, board members, and anyone else who can affect the employment conditions of employees.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Setting the Stage
This is the text version of the video, "You Have a Great Body."
5 questions
This quiz gives you some insight on what you already know about workplace harassment and stimulates thinking about topics covered in the training.
3 pages
This document contains the questions, answers, and feedback for the pre-quiz to the introductory section.
Section 2: What is Workplace Harassment?
This video uses examples to explain what workplace harassment is, summarizes studies about who is doing is, and discusses where and how often it occurs.
4 questions
These 4 questions will reinforce your grasp of the information you just covered. After completing the answers, go to the next lecture for the questions, answers, and feedback for each question.
4 pages
To reinforce your understanding of the material in Section 2, this document includes each of the questions, all listed potential answers, and feedback on each of the potential answers.
Section 3: What are the Costs of Harassment?
There are different kinds of costs of harassment. The targets of harassment suffer emotional distress, physical illness, damage to self-esteem, and more, sometimes leading to absences and the need for medical treatment. The organization suffers direct and indirect costs to its ability to achieve its mission in a cost-effective and efficient way. These include higher absenteeism, higher turnover rates, lower productivity,decreased employee engagement, and reduced profitability. Ignoring harassment is like disregarding high blood pressure or bad cholesterol or diabetes. The systemic costs can be substantial.
Text of Presentation on the Costs of Harassment
11 pages
5 questions
This quiz functions as a review and reinforcement of the material covered in the video presentation on the costs of harassment.
4 pages
This document contains the questions, answers, and feedback for the quiz for Section 3: What are the Costs of Harassment.
Section 4: The Legal Framework
Video on The Legal Framework of Workplace Harassment
Text of Video Presentation on The Legal Framework
16 pages
5 questions
This quiz reviews selected parts of the presentation on the Legal Framework and helps reinforce your understanding of that material.
4 pages
Read through the questions, answers, and feedback for the quiz on The Legal Framework to reinforce your understanding of the material.
Section 5: Protecting Your Organization
Video on Protecting Your Organization
Text of video presentation on Protecting Your Organization
13 pages
10 questions
This quiz covers the main points of section 5, Protecting Your Organization.
7 pages
These are the questions, answers, and feedback for the Quiz for Protecting Your Organization.
Section 6: Final Quiz on the Course
7 questions
This quiz covers the four parts of the course and reinforces your understanding of the material.

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Instructor Biography

Michael Palmer, Ethics & Risk Management Consultant

Michael Palmer is the founder and lead consultant of Grow a Great Company (formerly Ethics By Design). He received his M.A. and Dr. Phil. degrees from the Freie Universität Berlin and his J.D. from Georgetown University. He has been a lawyer since 1980.

Mike’s consulting practice has included work for Fortune 500 companies, Big 4 accounting and consulting firms, medical care facilities, and government agencies.

Mike has taught negotiation and conflict management skills to thousands of executives, lawyers, health care professionals, academic leaders, community members, and college students.

He works with Charles L. Howard, the recognized authority on ombuds offices, in helping organizations establish ombuds offices to help resolve work-related problems informally, confidentially, and impartially.

He has taught at colleges, universities, and law schools in Germany and the United States, including at Middlebury College (1996-2008) and Champlain College, where he teaches an online course on professional ethics.

Mike is the author of The Morally Responsible College, Professional Ethics for Business Managers, Complying with the Ethics Mandates of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Winning Settlements: What Lawyers Must do to Get the Best Deals for Their Clients, and numerous articles on business ethics, negotiation, mediation, and litigation risk management.

Mike first practiced law with Jenner & Block in Chicago and then as head of his own firm in Vermont. He is a Senior Professional with CMI Concord Group  and serves as a legal expert in USAID-funded Rule of Law projects in countries with developing economies such as Jordan, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Mongolia. A frequent speaker and resource person, Mike has conducted workshops at regional, national, and international conferences and taught seminars for professionals and business leaders on a variety of topics. 

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