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Sexual Harassment: A Guide to a Harassment-Free Workplace

Sexual Harassment: A Guide to a Harassment-Free Workplace

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Overview

Because sexual harassment may often be subtle or hidden, it’s not always easy for employers to spot and effectively deal with it when it occurs. In addition, traditional policies and procedures are failing.

Sexual Harassment: A Guide to a Harassment-Free Workplace can have an immediate and significantly positive impact on the ways in which your organization manages the issue of sexual harassment. Every chapter of this powerful resource can affect the way you handle—and preempt!—the possibility of sexual harassment in your organization.

Here are just a few of the key topics covered in this leading resource that are often overlooked or even unknown to those setting an organization’s policies:

  • The hidden costs of harassment
  • How top executives set the tone
  • The serious extent of the risk
  • Personal liability
  • Why hasn’t sexual harassment training worked?
  • Who to train and when to train
  • How to properly investigate harassment
  • How to handle the reluctant employee
  • Who should investigate?
  • Determining credibility
  • Understanding and avoiding defamation
  • Protecting the accuser and the accused during the investigation
  • And much more!

Sexual harassment may expose employers to automatic liability under certain circumstances, and regardless of legal liability, the negative publicity, high cost of turnover, lowered employee morale, and the potential expenses associated with lawsuits are just some of the devastating effects sexual harassment can have on the workplace.

Every organization’s best defense is a proper offense, and Sexual Harassment: A Guide to a Harassment-Free Workplace is the absolutely necessary starting point.

Publish Date 08/10/2018
Product Line Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
ISBN 9781543805284
SKU 10066125-0001
Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Why worry about sexual harassment?
Why worry about sexual harassment?
Costs of harassment
Hidden costs
Litigation costs
Mandatory arbitration
Damages
The culture is changing
Employer’s role in preventing harassment

CHAPTER 2: What is sexual harassment?
Introduction
Unwelcome sexual conduct
Guard against “tolerated” behavior
Hostile work environment sexual harassment
What is hostile?
Are compliments wrong?
Isolated incidents
Participation in the conduct
Quid pro quo sexual harassment
Same-sex and sexual orientation harassment
Nonemployee harassment
Off-work conduct
Workplace romances
Take workplace romances seriously

CHAPTER 3: Employer liability
Liability standards
Alter ego harassment
Top executives set the tone
The risk is substantial
Supervisor harassment
Job action taken—automatic liability
No tangible job action—limited defense
Has #MeToo changed the perception of what is reasonable, both for employers and employees?
Personal liability
Coworker sexual harassment
Knowledge
Stopping the harassment
Nonemployee harassment
Monitoring manager and supervisors

CHAPTER 4: Policy creation and communication
Why have a policy?
Key provisions
Define sexual harassment
Complaint procedure
Protection from retaliation
Prompt investigation
Confidentiality
Disciplining the offender
Communicating the policy
Distribute and post
Train
Get acknowledgement

CHAPTER 5: Sexual harassment training
Why hasn’t sexual harassment training worked?
Training overview
Traditional compliance training
Bystander intervention training
Workplace civility training
When to train
Who to train
Evaluation
Changing the culture

CHAPTER 6: Investigating harassment
Becoming aware of harassment
The initial complaint
The reluctant employee
The delayed complaint
The top performer
Starting the investigation
What are the steps?
Who should investigate?
Obtaining relevant information
Conducting the interviews
The complainant
Other witnesses
The accused
Determining credibility
Documenting the process
Maintaining confidentiality
Understanding and avoiding defamation
Protecting the accuser and the accused during the investigation

CHAPTER 7: Resolution and corrective action
Making a determination
The hard-to-resolve claim
Taking prompt action
Notice of resolution
Addressing the victim
Transfers and reassignments
The false complaint
Disciplining the offender
Be consistent
Addressing the workforce
Preventing retaliation
Documenting the process
Following up
Use of nondisclosure agreements
Corrective action and the corporate culture

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