2019 Legal Analysis of Workplace Sexual Harassment in a Dental Setting
You will receive 2 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course.

Because of the proximity of the patients with dental team members, sexual harassment is an important topic for every dental professional to understand.  This course describes the differences in the types of sexual harassment. It also discusses who is a potential victim of sexual harassment and what to do if the participant becomes a victim.

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Roger Adams, JD, MBA

Roger Adams, JD, MBA, is an experienced dental educator, a licensed attorney and has almost 20 years of dental education experience.  He provides sound advice on how to protect dental practices from violations of law and other compliance-related topics.  

For over a decade, Mr. Adams has served as the director of education for DrBicuspid.com.  

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. Clearly define sexual harassment,
  2. Distinguish between the three types of sexual harassment,
  3. Describe potential victims of sexual harassment,
  4. Identify steps to take when becoming a victim of sexual harassment.



There are three types of sexual harassment. Each differs depending on who is doing the harassing and the extent of the harassment taking place. Victims come from every gender, race, age, culture, education, etc. There are very clear steps that should be taken to ensure the victim has the support needed to end the harassment.




ADA CERP Disclosure: The author of this Continuing Education Activity has no financial relationship to DrBicuspid.com with respect to preparation of these CE course materials.   Author has disclosed that they do not have any real or perceived conflict of interest in preparing this educational activity, nor does this activity discuss any unlabeled or unapproved drug or device.

  1. Sexual Harassment Statistics
    1. Survey of Virginia Dental Workers
  2. Liability Standards
  3. What is Sexual Harassment? - Quid Pro Quo
  4. What is Sexual Harassment? - Work Place Relationships
  5. What is Sexual Harassment? - Hostile Environment:
    1. Sex Role Stereotyping
    2. Individual Targeted Abuse
    3. Criminal Touching
  6. Who Can be Classified as Victims
  7. Can a Patient be Sued for Sexual Harassment?
  8. What to Do lf You Have Been Sexually Harassed


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  2. "Sage Learning Action - Human Resources Legal Compliance Online Enterprise Training Administration System." STS. 2005. Solution Technology & Software, Inc. 8-May-2006 <http://www.stshr.com/alastats.htm>
  3. University of Missouti-Columbia. "New Light Shed on Sexual Harassment in the Workforce." About. 2006. About, Inc. 8-May-2006 <http://mentalhealth.about.com/library/sci/0202/blharass0202.htm?terms=sexual+harassment+statistics>
  4. Pennington A, Darby M, Bauman D, Plichta S, Schnuth. "Sexual harassment in dentistry: experiences of Virginia dental hygienists." Pub Med. 2000. National Library of Medicine and the Natial Institutes of Health. 8-May-2006 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11314480&dopt=Abstract>
  5. "Employer Liability Standards." Stop Violence Against Women. 2003. Minnesota Avocates for Human Rights. 8-May-2006 <http://www.stopvaw.org/Employer_Liability_Standards.html>
  6. "Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964." The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 2006. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 8-May-2006
  7. "Legal Definitions of Sexual Harassment." Penn State Home on the Web. 2000. Penn State. 8-May-2006 <http://www.de2.psu.edu/harassment/legal/>
  8. "Equal Employment Opportunity." US Army IMA. 3/20/2006. US Army IMA. 8-May-2006 <http://www.drum.army.mil/sites/installation/eeo-training.asp>
  9. "Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Policy." University of Wisconsin. 2/9/2006. University of Wisconsin. 8-May-2006 <http://www.uwsuper.edu/hr/harassment/>
  10. "Cooperative Extension Service Departments - Human Resources - Sexual Harassment Prevention." University of Arkansas. 2006. University of Arkansas. 8-May-2006 <http://www.uaex.edu/_archive/depts/HR/Sexual_Harassment_Prevention.asp>
  11. "Sexual Harassment: What Every Working Women Needs to Know." 9to5. 8-May-2006 <http://nsi.org/Tips/9to5.html#what>
  12. "What to do if you are being sexually harassed." Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre. 8-May-2006 <http://orcc.net/what_to_do.html>
  13. "Reporting Sexual Harassment to your Employer." LexisNexis. 2006. LexisNexis. 8-May-2006 <http://www.lawyers.com/lawyers/A~1001743~LDS/REPORTING+SEXUAL+HARASSMENT.html>


Release date:  January 2005
Review dates:  January 2009, October 2011
Expiration date:  August 2018

Release date: February 13, 2019
Review date: October 31, 2030
Expiration date: October 31, 2031
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