You’ve likely heard the term quid pro quo before. In Latin, quid pro quo translates to “something for something.” Continue reading to learn how this term relates to unlawful workplace sexual harassment.
Essentially, at work, quid pro quo harassment occurs when a superior or another figure of authority offers or even just suggests that he or she will provide the employee with something they want (typically a raise or a promotion) in return for sexual favors.
Additionally, this includes when a superior promises not to fire or force an employee to face consequences as long as he or she provides some sort of sexual advance.
Quid pro quo harassment is not merely reserved for employees. Job applicants may also face this kind of harassment if the decision to hire him or her is based on accepting or rejecting sexual acts.
For example, a male restaurant manager who interviews a female job applicant as a host puts his hand on her leg. She feels uncomfortable, so she interjects. In doing so, he asks her, “I thought you wanted this job?” He is implying that she will only be hired if she cooperates with his sexual advances.
In order for a quid pro quo harassment case to be viable in court, you must be able to prove the following elements to a jury:
If you’ve experienced sexual harassment at work, we’re here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions.