Sexual harassment can disrupt the workplace and cause lasting problems for everyone involved. Supervisors play a crucial role in preventing sexual harassment claims and lawsuits, but many supervisors have difficulty pinning down exactly what sexual harassment entails. Since the topic is so emotionally charged, it can be hard to handle sexual harassment situations without causing more problems. By the end of this course supervisors will be able to recognize sexual harassment, address incidents and claims, and take action to prevent sexual harassment in the future.
Why “Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response for Supervisors in Illinois” Matters:
Even though workplace sexual harassment has been illegal for decades, it remains a persistent problem that goes largely unreported. Sexual harassment undermines an otherwise respectful workplace because it creates a negative work environment, interferes with effective job performance, undermines trust and respect, and exposes your organization to liability.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Illinois’s Human Rights Act, or IHRA, prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace.
- Employers must prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and, should harassment occur, take steps to correct it and prevent it from recurring.
- Always respond promptly and effectively to any sexual harassment you observe or that is reported to you.
- Anyone at any level in the organization can commit sexual harassment or be harassed.
- Employers can be liable for quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment harassment.