Employment Law - Sexual Harassment
Review the Sexual Harassment Tutorial found in the lecture. After viewing the Sexual Harassment Tutorial, completing the reading, and reviewing the lecture notes in conjunction with the TCO, answer the following questions about the tutorial scenario and facts.
You’re Role/Assignment: 1. Based upon the scenario, does the employee have a legally viable claim for quid pro quo sexual harassment and/or hostile environment sexual harassment? What is the likely outcome?
Based on Robert’s behavior and comments, Brittany was experiencing a hostile environment sexual harassment. Robert is a co-worker whose behavior is unwelcome and inappropriate; therefore creating a workplace that is intimidating, hostile, and/or …show more content…
Upon declining his request, Brittany received a demotion to the mailroom and a reduction in pay.
3. Let’s shift gears. Using the same scenario, assume you are in the HR department of your organization and you were just presented with the scenario as an example used to explore policies and procedures that will avoid sexual harassment liability. Your boss has asked you to make preliminary suggestions (which will be presented to the legal counsel) regarding sexual harassment protocol that will avoid potential liability. What would your top five suggestions be and why?
The first suggestion would be for the organization to implement a clear and explicit sexual harassment policy. This information should be included in the employee handbook provided to everyone during their hire orientation. This will ensure everyone receives initial guidance concerning this sensitive issue as soon as they begin their employment with the organization. Everyone must understand that sexual harassment in the workplace is not acceptable and the company has a zero tolerance for such behavior. The second suggestion is to provide mandatory, separate training to employees and managers/supervisors. Conducting this training will serve as a refresher to everyone to ensure they understand what is and is not considered sexual harassment and also what actions to take if they wish to file a