Sexual Harassment Prevention for Supervisors (CA Law)

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Sexual Harassment Prevention for Supervisors (CA Law)

COURSE
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Among the matters employers must attend to, few are more important than preventing discrimination through sexual harassment. Whilst many people may think of sexual harassment purely in terms of unwanted sexual advances or touching, the behavior also encompasses inappropriate comments and gestures, and much more.

The pervasive, subtle, and sometimes ambiguous nature of sexual harassment, as well as its potentially devastating effects, make employee education on the topic a fundamental obligation for employers. In America, employee training is also mandated by law, both on a federal and a state level.

This course is intended to fulfill the requirements of California state law AB1825. Part of the Fair Employment and Housing Act, this legislation first became effective August 17, 2007 and mandates two hours of sexual harassment training annually for any employee who performs supervisory functions within a company of 50 employees or more.

By the end of this modular course, you will understand:

  • The legal and regulatory framework which provides protection from sexual harassment.
  • The definition of sexual harassment and its various forms.
  • Supervisor and employer obligations and liabilities regarding sexual harassment.
  • How to handle the employee complaint process.

The course is spread over three modules:

  • Module 1 describes the legal and regulatory framework around sexual harassment.
  • Module 2 explores the two main types of harassment, and considers the damaging effects.
  • Module 3 lays out employer responsibilities and liabilities and describes the complaint process.

Quiz questions are inserted into the course at regular intervals to test your knowledge of the key issues.

Learning
Sexual Harassment and the Law

It is an employer’s duty to promote workplace safety, and sexual harassment is one of many factors that contribute to creating an unsafe work environment. In this module you will learn the legal definitions of sexual harassment, and the basis for sexual harassment law as it is applied in America.  For a general overview, watch the brief video animation, titled "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Key Facts". Then read the notes and proceed to the quiz.

1. Video: Sexual Harassment in the Work Place: Key factsvideo
2. Notesdocument
3. Demonstrate Your Knowledge: Sexual Harassment and the Lawquiz
Sexual Harassment in Action

This module looks more closely at the two broad categories of sexual harassment and provides numerous examples and illustrations which will help you recognize sexual harassment in your work environment. The impact of sexual harassment is also discussed in some detail. A comprehensive quiz has been designed to help you review the material presented. In case you would find it useful to rewatch the text animation, it appears here again for your convenience.

1. Video: Sexual Harassment in the Work Place: Key factsvideo
2. Notesdocument
3. Demonstrate Your Knowledge: Sexual Harassment in Actionquiz
Employer Liability and the Complaint Process

This module describes employer liability for sexual harassment claims and details the complaint process.  For supervisors, the information contained here is crucially important, so start by watching the video case study which will help orientate you to a real life business scenario.

1. Video: Case study (3 parts)video
2. Notesdocument
3. Demonstrate Your Knowledge: Employer Liabilityquiz
4. Further Readingresource