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Welcome!

Welcome to the light-weight demo of our Preventing Sexual Harassment eLearning Course.

On the next page we'll provide a quick overview of how to use this HTML based eLearning environment.
Ordinarily we would work closely with your HR department to ensure we properly address your company's policies and needs.

For the sake of this demo, we're presenting a sampling of interactive content we might provide in such a course.

Getting Started

We've included four short modules in this demo course. These modules are:

  1. Intro - Here we will become familiar with the format of the course and begin sexual harassment prevention training.
  2. Legal - In this module we will focus on the legal definitions, consequences, and history of sexual harassment.
  3. Policy - In this module we will focus on the company's policy to ensure a safe, respectful workplace for all employees.
  4. Final - The final module will include a brief learning assessment, and some closing information on course tracking options (for HR purposes).

Your course progress is indicated above the lesson window.

Navigate each module using the lesson menu on the left edge of the screen. Once you've finished the final lesson item in each module, you'll be directed to begin the next module.

What is Sexual Harassment? What do you think it is?

Note: this organization will not tolerate sexual harassment by any of its employees.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (or EEOC). This agency developed the guidelines for interpreting sexual discrimination law.

The EEOC defines sexual harassment as:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

We will get into the specific forms of sexual harassment in the next modules. First, let's begin with a few scenarios and test your instincts.

Scenario 1: Is This Sexual Harassment?

“Did you see Ed’s screensaver? He says he got the photos from a porn site.”


Scenario 2: Is This Sexual Harassment?

“Why won’t you go out with me? I could help you move ahead here.”


The Cost of Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment in the workplace is a serious issue. Not only the direct victims of sexual harassment are affected. The whole company is hurt.

"During 2007 alone, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and related state agencies received 12,510 new charges of sexual harassment on the job." (source)

Victims may ultimately quit their jobs to distance themselves from it. The company loses a valued employee, and the perpetrator - who has the potential for more harassment - may still be there.

Others may feel the company ignores harassment, and feel unsafe in the workplace. They may feel disrespected, which hurts morale. Teamwork can suffer, too.

The company's reputation can suffer. There may be increased employee turnover and a loss of productivity. And, if the victim files a lawsuit, the company could spend tens of thousands of dollars or more (potentially much more). In addition, the harasser can also be held personally liable for his or her actions in court.

Let's continue exploring the legal elements of Sexual Harassment in Module 2.

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