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Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Sexual harassment is pretty common in the workplace. It's something that happens from time to time, people who are sexually harassed are not living easy lives. They have to deal with anxiety, depression, grief, lack of self-confidence, and lack of motivation.

At least 25 percent of women experience sexual harassment in the workplace, this goes to show that 1 in every 4 women employees might be harassed by their superiors or co-workers. In connection, a report by EEOC shows that in 2017, 16.5 percent of sexual abuse complaints were made by men.

Since we're on the topic, let's discuss a type of sexual harassment coined as quid pro quo harassment. We will explain what it is, what are the elements that constitute this act, and a few examples for you to understand it better.


What is Quid Pro Quo Harassment?

Quid Pro Quo is Latin for “something for something.” It occurs when anyone with authority in the workplace makes decisions that are based on an employee’s willingness to grant or deny romantic or sexual favors. For example, if you give me something that I want, I’ll give you something that you want. People experiencing this kind of sexual harassment find it hard to work, to build a relationship with peers, or deal with depression. In developed countries, including in the US, there are laws that require sexual harassment training in order to reduce the prevalence of quid pro quo harassment.


How To Tell If an Act is A Quid Pro Quo Harassment?

You can tell that an act is a quid pro quo if the following items listed here are present:

  • that the victim and the harasser are working in the same company, workplace, or establishment
  • that both have a work-related relationship. Specifically, the harasser is the superior while the victim is the subordinate OR the victim is an applicant while the harasser is in charge of the acceptance of new employees
  • that the harasser made sexual advance or sexually violating improper verbal remarks towards the victim
  • that the harasser tried to earn the victims consent for improper sexual advance or verbal remarks through the giving of work-related benefits, rewards, or other forms of leverage
  • that the victim suffered damage as a result of the harasser's performance of such sexual advances or remarks; or by refusing the benefits present by the harasser for a sexual favor.
Quid Pro Quo situation
Quid Pro Quo situation

What to Do if You Suspect Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Employees can make a claim of harassment if they're subjected to sexual demands, whether obvious or subtle, and whether or not they speak up about it at the time it happens.

Another way is to seek knowledge is on sites like EasyLllama, we offer content that will provide you knowledge about what sexual harassment is and what you can do to deal with it.


Simple Examples for A Better Understanding

  • When someone demands sexual favors in exchange for a promotion or a raise
  • If an employee is disciplined or fired for ending a romantic relationship
  • When performance expectations are altered after refusing to go on a date.

Jessica is a qualified applicant of company C where Mr.Smith, the human resource supervisor works. During the final one on one interview, Mr.Smith continuously tells that he finds Jessica attractive. As the discussion goes further, Mr. Smith tells Jessica that he wants her to sit on his lap if she wants to be successfully employed. Jessica refuses and fails to get the position as a result.

In this example, the quid pro quo exists. Even though both are not currently working in the same company, it's significant that Jessica is an applicant while Mr.Smith is the one in charge of the acceptance of new employees which satisfies the first element. Secondly, the act of Mr.Smith saying that Jessica is attractive falls as improper verbal remark because attractiveness has nothing to with job applications unless specified. Also, the element of sexual advance through the giving of benefits is present with Mr.Smith's request that Jessica had to sit on his lap if she wants to be successfully employed. Lastly, the element of damage is satisfied since Jessica was deprived of an opportunity because of her refusal.

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