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What is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

Updated: Feb 24, 2023

Quid pro quo sexual harassment is when sexual favors are demanded in exchange for something that the victim needs or wants. This could be a promotion at work, money to pay bills, or even just keeping their job. It's important to know what sexual harassment is and how it can affect you because sexual harassment should never be accepted as part of your workplace culture.

In this post, we will discuss what quid pro quo sexual harassment is and provide tips on preventing it from happening in your office environment.

Common Forms of Sexual Harassment

There are a few different types of sexual harassment, but quid pro quo sexual harassment is one of the most common. Other forms of sexual harassment can include:

● unwanted touching or groping,

● sexual innuendos or jokes,

● displaying sexually explicit material,

● sending sexually suggestive emails, texts, or social media messages, or

● sexual assault.

What is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

Quid pro quo sexual harassment is a type of sexual harassment where sexual favors are demanded in exchange for something. Often, the perpetrator will threaten to fire or demote the victim if they do not comply with their demands. They may also attempt to persuade the victim into going along with harassment by offering more money, a promotion, or other perks at the job.

This type of sexual harassment is very common in workplaces, and it's important to know how to deal with it if it happens to you.

How Can I Prevent Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

There are a few things that you can do to help prevent sexual harassment from happening in your office environment:

● Speak up if you hear someone making sexual jokes or innuendos.

● If you receive a sexual text, email, or social media message from someone at work, report it to your supervisor immediately, or the perpetrator’s supervisor.

● Avoid any private conversations with the person who is harassing you.

● Make sure that you keep a record of all instances of sexual harassment that occur in your workplace.

If you are a victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment, it is important to remember that you are not alone (and you are not at fault). There are laws in place to protect you from this type of behavior, and there are people who can help you file a complaint. Don't hesitate to reach out for help if you need it.

We Will Stand Up for Your Rights

If you are subjected to any form of sexual harassment in the workplace - be it quid pro quo harassment or a hostile work environment, contact our office.

At Robinson Law Offices, we believe all workers should feel safe and secure at work. If someone is making you feel uncomfortable with unwanted sexual advances, threats, or intimidation, we can help. Contact us to speak with an attorney and we can hold harassers accountable.


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