APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Sexual Harassment

Resources for Employers

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

To promote psychologically healthy workplaces and help employers prevent and address workplace sexual harassment and its effects on employees, APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence has launched this new resource page.

On this page, you’ll find a collection of resources related to preventing and addressing workplace sexual harassment, including statistics, reports, trainings, book recommendations and links to other high-quality resources for employers, employees and consultants.

General Overview and Online Sources

Facts About Sexual Harassment (US EEOC)

Sexual Harassment – Legal Standards (AAUW)

Sexual Harassment Application of the Law: Is This Sexual Harassment? (AAUW)

Sexual Harassment Practical Strategies: How Do I Deal with Sexual Harassment? (AAUW)

Books on Sexual Harassment

Titles and descriptions come from the APA Center for Organizational Excellence’s Amazon Associates Store.

Investigating Workplace Harassment: How to Be Fair, Thorough, and Legal

By Amy Oppenheimer, JD and Craig Pratt, SPHR, MSW (2002)

Detailing specific, experienced-based techniques for conducting investigations of harassment based on gender, race, religion, national origin, age, or disability, this tutorial provides advice on every step of an investigation—planning, documenting, interviewing, weighing evidence, making a decision, and taking remedial action. General principles are illustrated with examples drawn from specific situations or lawsuits. Appendices include such information as a model harassment policy and a sample memo initiating investigation.

The Manager’s Guide to Preventing a Hostile Work Environment: How to Avoid Legal Threats by Protecting Your Workplace from Harassment Based on Sex, Race, Age

By Wanda Dobrich, PhD, Steven Dranoff, PhD, and Gerald Maatman Jr., Esq. (2002)

Lawsuits and settlements arising from discrimination and sexual harassment complaints are a huge financial drain on both business and government organizations. Hostile Work Environments explains how discrimination and hostile behavior are often surface manifestations of more fundamental cultural and behavioral problems that managers can address with practical measures in their departments.

The authors identify the “warning signs” that could lead to hostile work environment complaints that managers should look for in themselves and their employees. The book also gives dozens of practical suggestions for addressing workplace problems before they turn into a “hostile work environment” complaint, and gives guidelines for investigating and addressing a problem or complaint once it has surfaced.

Hostile Work Environments is the first book that helps managers understand the problem and take positive steps to avoid hostile work environment complaints and legal problems. While many competing books have covered the individual factors that can cause a hostile work environment such as racial discrimination, sexual harassment, age and gender discrimination, this is the first guide for managers that brings them all together in a single “how-to” book on prevention.


Sexual Harassment: A Commonsense Approach—Employee/Manager Combo Package (SHRM)

Speaking directly to supervisors and managers, the Manager training video offers clear guidance on how to recognize and prevent sexual harassment, and explains a supervisor’s responsibilities to respond promptly and appropriately.

In both versions, expert trainer Linda Garrett and attorney Brandon Blevans, add their insights to help your staff distinguish what is – and what is not – sexual harassment. This two-video set trains your line employees and managers with a unified message by showing both groups the same vignettes filmed in various settings, including manufacturing, office, healthcare, and academic environments.

Each training program couples the vignettes with unique narration that offers different perspectives to your supervisory and non-supervisory staff. All viewers, regardless of their position in the company, will learn to recognize sexual harassment, respond appropriately, and behave in compliance with the law and your policies.

Sexual harassment training is for everyone. Combine these entertaining and enlightening training videos to ensure your employees understand the atmosphere of civility you expect them to maintain within your organization.

Sexual Harassment: Training for a Harassment-Free Workplace Employee Version—Study Guides and Trainer’s Manuals (SHRM)

Sexual Harassment: A Common Sense Approach — Spanish Editions


EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace (EEOC)

Surveys and Research

Sexual harassment: Have we made any progress? (Journal of Occupational Health Psychology)

Sexual Harassment in Organizations: A Decade of Research in Review (chapter within The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior: Volume I – Micro Approaches)

Reported incidence rates of work-related sexual harassment in the United States: Using meta-analysis to explain reported rate disparities (Personnel Psychology)

Resources for Employers, Managers and Consultants

Questions and Answers for Small Employers on Employer Liability for Harassment by Supervisors (EEOC)

What makes sexual harassment training effective — and ineffective (Marketplace)

Training Programs and Reporting Systems Won’t End Sexual Harassment. Promoting More Women Will (Harvard Business Review)

What Can Firms Do to Prevent Sexual Harassment? (Wharton)

Here’s what your workplace can do about sexual harassment (Boston Globe)

Congress is making harassment trainings mandatory. Science shows they don’t work. (Vox)

8 Ways For Leadership To Support Victims of Sexual Harassment in The Workplace (Inc.)

Workplace Sexual Harassment: Me Too or Not Us? (SHRM)

Resources for Employees

Know Your Rights: Workplace Sexual Harassment (AAUW)

Sexual Harassment – Legal Standards (Workplace Fairness)

Sexual Harassment (RAINN)

Better Brave: Guide for Targets of Sexual Harassment

FAQs About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (NWLC)

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