Online Class: Sexual Harassment Compliance

This course will help you understand, recognize, respond and ultimately end sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Course Description

Navigating the Complex Landscape of Sexual Harassment: Awareness, Prevention, and Response

Sexual harassment remains a prominent concern in our society, with the corporate world being no exception. The consequences of such misconduct are not just detrimental to the victims but can erode the very fabric of a cohesive workplace. With this online course, we aim to unravel the complexities of sexual harassment, offering insights and actionable solutions.

This course sheds light on the multifaceted nature of sexual harassment, predominantly focusing on the professional environment. Nonetheless, the principles, definitions, and concepts discussed will resonate with broader contexts, making the content universally relevant.

A unique feature of sexual harassment is its legal dimension. These regulations are not mere guidelines; they carry the weight of the law, mandating adherence. Yet, like all legal doctrines, they are dynamic, reflecting society's evolving perceptions and values. It's crucial to acknowledge that legal paradigms surrounding sexual harassment are in a continuous state of flux. For instance, online or digital harassment was virtually unheard of half a century ago, but today, in our digitized world, it's a pressing concern.

While this course provides a robust understanding of the topic, it doesn't purport to replace professional legal advice. Our objective is to equip you with a foundational knowledge and nuanced understanding, empowering you to mitigate and address instances of sexual harassment.

Course Breakdown:

  1. Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (Lesson 1): Gain an in-depth understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment, its manifestations, and its repercussions in a professional setting. Real-world examples will bring the concepts to life, offering a comprehensive perspective.

  2. Assessing Problem Situations and Preventing Sexual Harassment (Lesson 2): Dive into proactive measures to identify potential red flags and create a harassment-free work environment. Here, we'll explore strategies that organizations have successfully employed to curtail such issues.

  3. Responding Effectively to Sexual Harassment (Lesson 3): Recognizing harassment is only the first step. This module will equip participants with tools to report incidents effectively, ensuring swift and appropriate action. Case studies will exemplify best practices in handling such situations, ensuring victims' safety and justice.

  4. Understanding the Law - State and Federal (Lesson 4): Navigate the legal labyrinth surrounding sexual harassment. This lesson offers a detailed exploration of state and federal laws, highlighting essential stipulations and their implications. It will serve as a primer for anyone keen on understanding their rights and responsibilities.

  5. Designing Policies and Procedures (Lesson 5): An organization's approach to handling sexual harassment is as crucial as prevention. Learn how to craft robust policies that not only deter potential perpetrators but also provide a clear roadmap for reporting and addressing incidents. This lesson will include examples of effective policy structures and the rationale behind them.

In conclusion, this course isn't just about understanding sexual harassment; it's about fostering a culture of respect, integrity, and safety. By the end, participants will not only be aware of the intricacies of the topic but also be equipped with the knowledge to make a positive difference in their respective workplaces. The path to a harassment-free environment begins with awareness, and this course is a pivotal step in that direction.

Course Motivation

Defining Sexual Harassment and understanding the issues involved

Sexual harassment is a hot topic in today's world ' both in the corporate arena and in the personal arena. In the first section of this manual, we will explore the concept of sexual harassment and look at solutions. Most of the ideas here will be directed toward the corporate arena, however many of the definitions and concepts apply equally to both arenas.

Be aware that many aspects of the rules and concepts governing sexual harassment are part of law. That means they must be respected and followed, but it also means that they are changing -- constantly. Any sub-topic within the legal field is part of a living code, that means the code has been set out but is always being refined, talked about, tested, renewed, and sometimes discarded. Fifty years ago, online sexual harassment wasn't an issue; today it is. So be aware that this course is not going to replace solid legal council in the area of sexual harassment. Instead, this course will be a guideline to help you understand and end sexual harassment in the workplace. To that end, we'll provide practical advice and suggestions and the ideas discussed here are not to be considered legal advice. Seek professional guidance for more detailed inquiries.

Know it

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) operates a helpful website discussing sexual harassment. This site should be one of your first "go to" steps if you have questions and those questions are either not answered here or you are not sure if you should contact a lawyer or the police just yet.

 Sexual harassment includes a variety of actions, much more than most people realize. These actions include:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Verbal suggestions of a sexual nature
  • Physical conduct of a sexual nature

 Furthermore, it is considered sexual harassment when any response (either going along with it or rejecting it) could affect someone's employment or interferes with their work or creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work environment.

 Contrary to popular belief, sexual harassment is not necessarily only between people of opposite gender, and the victim is not necessarily the recipient of the sexually explicit talk or action.

 Most often, the "stereotypical" concept of sexual harassment is a man making sexually explicit suggestions and advances to a subordinate female employee. However, there are many other circumstances outside of this that are also sexual harassment. In fact, men file about 14% of the sexual harassment cases each year. Here are two scenarios to illustrate other types of common situations that the law considers sexual harassment:
  1. One woman makes an unwelcome sexual advance on another woman. The law would recognize this as sexual harassment even though the harasser is a woman the victim is of the same gender.
  2. One man tells another man a sexually explicit story or joke. The second man laughs about it. A third person -- a man or woman, it doesn't matter -- finds the joke offensive. Even though that third person was not actively involved in telling or hearing the story, and may not have been nearby while it was being told, they are still considered to be the victim of sexual harassment if they found the story or joke to be unwelcome.
Moreover, you need to know that sexual harassment is not always necessarily between employees or from a superior to a subordinate. In fact, many companies face vendor/employee and customer/employee sexual harassment situations.

Therefore: It is a good rule of thumb in every business setting to simply say that all action and talk of a sexual nature with anyone is unwelcome. Period.

Apply it

Case study: You are a human resources manager. Someone comes into your office and says that a customer was making sexual comments to them. Is this a sexual harassment situation?

Answer: Yes, if the sexual comments were unwelcome and made for an offensive work environment. There is a good chance that this is the case if the employee has come to talk to you about it.

Think about it

 In this section we'll explore issues and scenarios and ask you to think about them in order to make the learning applicable to your life. Is it fair to call it "sexual harassment" if you and a friend share a funny (but explicit) joke but a bystander overhears you? As a human resources manager, what would you do if a bystander thinks they overhear a sexually explicit joke but the alleged joke teller denies they told the joke ' or re-tells the joke and it turns out to be completely innocent?

It seems you can't pick up a newspaper in the morning without reading about another sexual harassment case in the workplace.
Workplace sexual harassment is a growing problem and one that most people will likely have to deal with at some point in their professional lives. In addition, sexual harassment is a difficult concept because the very words mean different things to different people.
What is sexual harassment? What are the laws and rules that govern sexual harassment?
And what can we (as workers, managers, and organizations) do to prevent and respond to sexual harassment?
This online course, Sexual Harassment Compliance, will help you answer these questions and more. This online course is designed as a series of five concise and easy to follow lessons that will help you better understand the finer points of sexual harassment. Developed with the business professional in mind, this course requires little more than a high school reading level and an open mind.
There are no additional books or materials to buy!
By the end of the class, you will have a better understanding of sexual harassment.  You will not only become aware of the law, but you will also learn sexual harassment prevention strategies.  In addition, you will learn what companies and personnel departments should do to respond to sexual harassment incidents effectively and sensitively.
Sexual harassment is a problem of which all of us as working professionals must be aware. Failing to take sexual harassment seriously, by not understanding the gravity of the issue or by not preparing for potential situations can be disastrous. Sexual harassment can ruin businesses, professional relationships, and lives.
On the other hand, learning to understand the legal and ethical issues associated with sexual harassment will benefit you and your business.  Whether you are an employee trying to deal with a negative work environment or a business owner, this course will pay off in many ways. A better understanding of sexual harassment and the strategies and techniques to prevent and respond to it will help you develop your career and protect yourself and your business.
Here are the goals of the course: 
  • To understand what sexual harassment is
  • To learn what behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable
  • To learn solutions for preventing sexual harassment
  • To understand procedures and guidelines to follow when a sexual harassment incident occurs

This course is designed as a series of five concise and comprehensive lessons to guide you in the learning process.  

  • Lesson 1: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Lesson 2: Assessing Problem Situations and preventing sexual harassment
  • Lesson 3: Responding Effectively to sexual harassment (recognizing and reporting incidents)
  • Lesson 4: Understanding the Law - State and Federal
  • Lesson 5: Designing Policies and Procedures
After you complete each lesson, you will take a basic exam, worth about 20 points toward your final grade. These exams are not complicated and are designed to test your understanding of the lesson material. If you read and understand the lessons, there is no reason you will not be able to score high marks on each exam and the entire course.
As you move through the course material, you will notice several appealing features of the course design. First, each lesson is all-inclusive. In other words, you won’t need to buy any other materials! This course contains interactive and engaging lessons complete with facts, statistics, and examples to help clarify the material. Importantly, each lesson also contains web links to external websites where you can find additional information.
One of the most attractive aspects of learning online is the flexibility and this class is no exception.  Because you can access the materials anytime and learn at you own pace, there is no need to disrupt your schedule. In addition, there are many ways to contact your instructor and interact with your classmates to enhance the learning experience.
Finally, it is important to understand that this course is not a substitute for legal advice.  However, it will provide you with strategies and skills you can apply to prevent sexual harassment in your place of business. You will find that these skills and strategies are invaluable, allowing you to create a better workplace for yourself and your co-workers or employees.
So, don't delay!  You cannot afford to wait another minute to increase your knowledge of sexual harassment.  Your career, your business, and your personal well-being may be at stake.  Sign up now!  Registration is always open! 
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Sexual Harassment Victims; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introduce Yourself
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: Assessing Problem Situations and preventing sexual harassment

Assessing Problem Situations and preventing sexual harassment. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Sexual Harassment Perpetrators
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: Responding Effectively to sexual harassment (recognizing and reporting incidents)

Responding Effectively to sexual harassment (recognizing and reporting incidents) 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Sexual Harassment Awareness in the Workplace
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Understanding the Law - State and Federal

Understanding the Law - State and Federal 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Designing Policies and Procedures

Designing Policies and Procedures 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: What Have You Learned?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Assess problem situations and preventing sexual harassment.
  • Respond effectively to sexual harassment (recognizing and reporting incidents).
  • Summarize the law and sexual harassment, both on state and federal levels.
  • Design and implement policies and procedures to identity and prevent sexual harassment.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Sexual Harassment Compliance
Course Number: 7550240
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (821 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: March 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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