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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

1. Sexual harassment in the workplace presents a clear and present danger to businesses, and they must be aware of:

A. The disturbing statistics behind an often hidden problem

B. The legal grounds available to victims and current trends in the law

C. The ways that companies can protect themselves

D. All of the above

Disturbing Statistics

2. The federal government's first sexual harassment survey discovered that the government had lost $189 million between 1978 and 1980 from the effects of sexual harassment, and in its next survey from 1985 to 1987, the rate of loss jumped to:

A. $285 million

B. $267 million

C. $251 million

D. $238 million

Stronger Federal Law

3. The maximum sum of compensatory and punitive damages for sexual harassment for a company with 101-200 employees is $50,000.

A. True

B. False

What is a Hostile Work Environment

4. The Supreme Court stated that a hostile work environment constitutes grounds for an action only when the conduct is unwelcome,  based on sex, and severe or pervasive enough "to alter the conditions of the victims employment and create an abusive working environment."

A. True

B. False

When Is the Employer Liable

5. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers are usually deemed to know of sexual harassment under each of the following circumstances EXCEPT:

A. It is openly practiced in the workplace

B. It is well-known among employees

C. It is causing obvious psychological harm

D. It is brought to the employer's notice bythe victim filing a charge

Addressing Sexual Harassment

6. Despite widespread recognition of sexual harassment, many businesses are still exhibiting a surprisingly cavalier attitude about the problem.

A. True

B. False


7. The Supreme Court has indicated that an employer will greatly improve its position by having grievance procedures that encourage employees to come forward with sexual harassment complaints.

A. True

B. False


8. When enforcing sexual harassment policies, employers should keep tabs on their supervisors by having monthly meetings with higher management, periodic sexual harassment training sessions, and:

A. Unscheduled spot checks

B. Frequent evaluations to assess sexual harassment policies

C. Regular dialogue with employees about the work environment

D. None of the above

9. Prompt attention to sexual harassment means that under no circumstances should a company delay an investigation of sexual harassment for more than a few weeks.

A. True

B. False

Establish Procedures

10. Which of the following is NOT an appropriate sexual harassment policy procedure?

A. Appoint a senior corporate official to oversee the implementation of the policy

B. Train your supervisors and managers to recognize and prevent sexual harassment

C. Keep all sexual harassment charges confidential

D. Designate a trusted direct supervisor to receive sexual harassment complaints

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