August 31, 2018

NEW! Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession

Prepared and Written for the Commission

by Wendi S. Lazar, Terese M. Connolly, and Gregory S. Chiarello

Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession is a comprehensive update to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s previous sexual harassment material. The manual provides tools to legal organizations and victims of harassment and bullying. It strives to enhance our common understanding of workplace abuse and expand it to include non-sexual abusive behavior, while introducing protections for individuals with a range of sexual orientations, genders, and racial and ethnic identities.

Summary of Contents

Preface by Professor Anita Hill

Foreword by ABA President Hilarie Bass

Chapter 1 The Problem of Sex-Based Harassment and the Need for Zero Tolerance

Chapter 2 The Legal Framework for Sex-Based Harassment and Bullying

Chapter 3 Recent Manifestations of Sex-Based Harassment

Chapter 4 Training and Prevention

Chapter 5 Developing and Enforcing Anti-Harassment Policies


Appendix A: Selected Resources on Sex-Based Harassment

Appendix B: Sample Policy Prohibiting Harassment

Appendix C: Progressive Discipline Policy Sample

Order at or 800-285-2221.

Product Code: 4920050 • 2018 • 92 pp. • 6 × 9 • Paperback

$39.97 ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Members/$49.95 Nonmembers.

Zero Tolerance Program Toolkit

From the recently released manual, the Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Bullying Committee created a toolkit to help others combat workplace abuse in the legal profession.

Download the toolkit at:

If you would like to use the toolkit to develop a program, please contact Commission staff member Cecilia Boyd ( for assistance.