Sex, Power, and the Law
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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.
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|Section 1: Setting the Stage|
|This is the text version of the video, "You Have a Great Body."|
|Quiz 1||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.|
|Lecture 2||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.|
|Quiz 2||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.|
|Lecture 4||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
|Quiz 3||5 questions|
|This quiz functions as a review and reinforcement of the material covered in the video presentation on the costs of harassment.|
|Lecture 7||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
|Quiz 4||5 questions|
|This quiz reviews selected parts of the presentation on the Legal Framework and helps reinforce your understanding of that material.|
|Lecture 10||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
|Quiz 5||10 questions|
|This quiz covers the main points of section 5, Protecting Your Organization.|
|Lecture 13||7 pages|
|These are the questions, answers, and feedback for the Quiz for Protecting Your Organization.|
|Section 6: Final Quiz on the Course|
|Quiz 6||7 questions|
|This quiz covers the four parts of the course and reinforces your understanding of the material.|
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.