Sexual Harassment:

Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment

Quid pro quo (“this for that”) sexual harassment occurs when employment decisions, such as promotions, hiring, salary increases etc., are based on an employee’s submission to or rejection of sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. Quid pro quo sexual harassment in the workplace can only occur when the harasser, often a manager or supervisor, has authority over the employee. Unlike hostile work environment harassment, quid pro quo sexual harassment victims do not have to prove that the harasser’s actions were unwelcome and repeated. One single instance of quid pro quo sexual harassment is enough to constitute filing a sexual harassment claim.

If you were subjected to quid pro quo sexual harassment at work, fill out our free case review form. Our sexual harassment attorneys can evaluate your case to determine if we can help put an end to the harassment and recover compensation for any resulting damages.

Examples of Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment

Examples of quid pro quo sexual harassment are described below:

  • A manager promises a worker a raise if she goes on a date with him.
  • An employer tells an employee that he will be fired if he doesn’t agree to a sexual relationship with her.
  • A supervisor disciplines or fires an employee who ends a romance.
  • A boss changes work expectations after an employee agrees to or rejects an offer for sexual favors or a date.

Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

When presented with a quid pro quo case, courts will determine whether the harassment results in a tangible employment action. In other words, the court will look to decide whether the victim’s employment status was significantly changed because of the workplace sexual harassment. For instance, if an employee was fired, demoted, disciplined, etc. for rejecting sexual requests, the courts may rule that quid pro quo harassment occurred. It’s important to remember that even if an employee submits to an employer’s advances and accepts an employment benefit in exchange, they still have a case against their harasser.

If you have experienced quid pro quo harassment at work, our sexual harassment attorneys can listen to your case, inform you of your options and draw up a course of action for your case. To contact one of our sexual harassment lawyers, fill out our free case review form on the right.