Sexual Harassment:

Employer Liability and Quid Pro Quo Harassment

“Quid Pro Quo” sexual harassment occurs when an employer, supervisor or individual in a position of authority offers an employee a job benefit, such as a raise or promotion, in exchange for sexual favors. The employer or supervisor may also threaten the loss of a job or benefit if the employee rejects the request for sexual favors.

If you have experienced quid pro quo sexual harassment at work, fill out our free case review form. Our sexual harassment attorneys can determine if your employer is liable for the harassment. If so, you may be able to file a sexual harassment lawsuit and recover compensation.

When quid pro quo sexual harassment is committed by an immediate supervisor, the company is strictly liable only if the following are true:

  • The supervisor improperly used their authority
  • The company employs fewer supervisors than workers, making it easier to train and monitor these employees

Employers are at risk for quid pro quo harassment cases, as this type of workplace sexual harassment needs only to occur once. Unlike those experiencing hostile work environment harassment, victims of quid pro quo harassment do not need to prove a repeated pattern of unwanted sexual behavior.

A worker who agrees to an employer’s or supervisor’s offer of job benefits in exchange for sexual favors can still file a lawsuit. An employee is not prohibited from filing a sexual harassment claim because they have accepted the offer and later changed their mind.

If you have experienced quid pro quo harassment in the workplace, a sexual harassment attorney can determine if your employer or supervisor is liable. To find out if you have a sexual harassment case, fill out our free case review form on the right. A sexual harassment lawyer will determine your eligibility for a lawsuit, at no cost to you.