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Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Sexual harassment is an unfortunate reality in today’s workplace. Victims of workplace sexual harassment may 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, which means that 1 in every 4 women employees might be harassed by their superiors or co-workers. Men may also be victims, as a report by EEOC shows that in 2017, 16.5% 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, demonstrate what elements constitute this act, and offer a few examples for you to understand it better.

What is Quid Pro Quo Harassment?

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 or build relationships with peers, and they may deal with depression. In developed countries, including the U.S., 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?

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 advances or sexually violated improper verbal remarks toward the victim
  • That the harasser tried to earn the victim's consent for improper sexual advance or verbal remarks through the offering 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.
What to Do if You Suspect Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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

Simple Examples for A Better Understanding

Explanation

In this example, quid pro quo harassment 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 of quid pro quo harassment. 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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