Optional Sexual Harassment Training Scenarios (Employee Version)

Office Environment

If You Can't Take the Heat...

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Joanne quits after complaining about potential sexual harassment.

This scenario discusses issues involving hostile environment harassment, constructive discharge and unlawful retaliation.

The Demanding Boss

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Betty worries that she won't get the raise she deserves unless she gives in to Frank's requests.

This scenario discusses quid pro quo harassment and the importance of proper documentation of employee performance and conduct.

R U Serious

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The organization begins an investigation, including a review of emails and text messages, after it receives a complaint of disability discrimination.

This scenario reinforces that all workplace communications must be in compliance with anti-harassment policies.

Alex Drops the Ball

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A group of employees complain that their supervisor has made biased statements and included them in a layoff because of their race.

This scenario discusses biased statements in the workplace and the importance of proper documentation of performance issues.

Freida's Complaint

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Co-workers harass Fred after he begins the process of gender reassignment.

This scenario discusses gender identity discrimination.

Friendly Customer

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Melissa complains that a regular customer has been acting inappropriately and making her uncomfortable.

This scenario discusses whether non-employees can create an unlawful, hostile environment.

Workplace Environmental Pollution

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Judy is made uncomfortable by age-biased statements made by a non-employee in the workplace.

This scenario discusses the role non-employees can play in creating an unlawful, hostile environment.

Calendar Conundrum

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Beth's co-workers react after she complains about a suggestive calendar posted in the workplace.

This scenario discusses both the elements that could contribute towards creating an unlawfully hostile environment and the issue of unlawful retaliation.

Senior-itis

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Richard complains about age discrimination after hearing co-workers' comments and being denied training opportunities.

This scenario explores a potentially unlawful hostile environment created by age-biased comments and conduct.

Revenge is Sweet?

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Sharon is subjected to retaliation by her co-workers and denied a promotion after she complains about anti-Semitic conduct in her workplace.

This scenario reinforces the importance of preventing unlawful retaliation by co-workers and supervisors.

Bonus Blackmail

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Adam offers to give Wayne a bonus if he will agree to date him.

This scenario discusses same gender sexual harassment.

The Holiday Party

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Bill's explicit jokes at the holiday party don't make everyone laugh.

This scenario reinforces that, for purposes of unlawful harassment, a workplace environment can extend to outside, work related functions.

The Bonus Pool

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Angela objects to her share of the bonus pool after her supervisor holds a meeting at a strip club.

This scenario reinforces concepts concerning inappropriate statements in the workplace, excluding women from work-related functions, proper documentation and the importance of basing workplace decisions on non-discriminatory factors.

Albert's Aggravated

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Albert speaks to his supervisor because he is concerned about the way he is being treated by his co-workers after he is given a coveted assignment.

This scenario discusses abusive conduct in the workplace and the effect it can have on the victim and other employees in the workplace.

Hostile or Humorous?

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Kara complained that a co-worker's "jokes" were discriminatory and demeaning towards women.

This scenario addresses the effect potentially discriminatory "jokes" can have on creating an unlawful hostile environment.

Technical/Industrial Environment

Alex Drops the Ball

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A group of employees complain that their supervisor has made biased statements and included them in a layoff because of their race.

This scenario discusses biased statements in the workplace and the importance of proper documentation of performance issues.

The Touchy Supervisor

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Tony's friendly behavior makes one of the employees he supervises uncomfortable.

This scenario discusses the differences between sexual and non-sexual conduct with respect to sexual harassment and reinforces the prohibition against unlawful retaliation.

Restaurants/Food Service Environment

Workplace Environmental Pollution

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Judy is made uncomfortable by age-biased statements made by a non-employee in the workplace.

This scenario discusses the role non-employees can play in creating an unlawful, hostile environment.

The Touchy Supervisor

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Was George a harasser or just friendly?

This scenario explores the differences between appropriate, inappropriate and unlawful conduct.

Friendly Customer

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Melissa complains that a regular customer has been acting inappropriately and making her uncomfortable.

This scenario discusses whether non-employees can create an unlawful, hostile environment.