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What is quid pro quo sexual harassment?

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2023 | Employment Litigation |

Sexual harassment is traumatic, and the effects may be worse when committed in the work environment. In addition to resulting in physical and emotional issues, it may affect your career for a long time, leading to financial problems.

It is unlawful to make unwanted sexual advances to someone in the workplace. This can take different forms, and one of them is quid pro quo harassment. Here is what you need to know about this type of sexual harassment.

Sexual favor for a benefit

Quid pro quo sexual harassment in the workplace is when a sexual favor is requested in return for a benefit like a promotion, a raise, better hours or more benefits. The request may also be made to avoid a demotion, a cut, poor performance consequences or a transfer.

This sexual harassment type is mostly done by seniors to employees as they have the authority to give benefits or prevent a detriment. And it can happen at any point of employment, from hiring to termination.

Quid pro quo harassment may be subtle as, in most cases, the perpetrator may not mention the exact favor or make physical contact. They may give subtle hints and emphasize the action that may take place if the employee doesn’t comply.

Can you prove quid pro quo sexual harassment?

Despite being subtle, you can prove quid pro quo sexual harassment. It will help to get legal guidance to do this. This way, you can show that you were a target of unwanted sexual advances by someone in a position of authority over you.

Quid pro quo sexual harassment can create a hostile work environment. You should learn about your options to protect your rights.    


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