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Sexual Harassment Prevention For Municipalities

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This interactive classroom experience provides specific case examples to limit organizational liability

This interactive classroom experience provides specific case examples to limit organizational liability


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  • 1. Sexual Harassment Prevention Riley Harvill, Ph.D.
  • 2.
    • Objectives
    • In this course we will cover:
      • What sexual harassment is
      • The elements of both supervisory & organizational liability
      • The four factors comprising a “hostile environment”
      • A contrast & comparison & between hostile environment and quid pro quo harassment
      • Landmark and recent significant court decisions and what they mean for you
  • 3.
    • FAQ
    • This is a 3-6 hour class
    • Ideal class size is between 16-30
    • Class helps to limit liability
    • Class may be customized to meet your unique circumstances
    • Teaching methods include:
      • Small group discussions
      • Mock jury decision
      • Scripted reenactments
      • Case examples and analyses
  • 4.
    • Essential Questions to Answer
      • Can sexual harassment exist within a consensual relationship?
      • When sexual harassment occurs, Who Is responsible/liable?
      • Must a recipient say “No” in order to establish that advances are unwelcome?
      • What are “tangible effects” and what role do they play in sexual harassment?
      • Must behavior be sexual in nature to be sexually harassing?
      • What is meant by “Strict Liability”
      • For supervisory employees, why does the possession of knowledge create liability?
  • 5.
    • Workplace Examples
      • Municipal Workplace Examples
        • Language
        • Sniper (subtle) examples
        • Forms of gender discrimination
        • Flirtation gone too far
        • 3 rd party harassment
  • 6.
      • The Kinds of Sexual Harassment
      • Examples of Each Type
      • Dozens of Court Case Examples
  • 7.
    • What Would You Do/Say?
      • The true story of a municipal supervisor who had knowledge of an unwanted relationship
  • 8.
    • Burlington v Ellerth
      • Tangible Effects
      • Strict Liability
      • Must the recipient say “no” or in some way indicate that they are uncomfortable or offended?
      • The issue of consent
      • Who is responsible for harassment in the workplace?
  • 9.
    • Questionnaire
    • True or False?
    • [The following are 3 0f 25 true/false questions in this class]
      • Sexual harassment means bothering someone in a sexual way.
      • Sexual harassment is a civil offense?
      • Sexual harassment must involve sexual touching.

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