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What workers should know about quid pro quo harassment

On Behalf of | May 27, 2021 | Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment affects men and women in many different industries. Across Atlanta, workers suffer in silence from degrading, humiliating, and dangerous forms of sexual harassment. Under the law, quid pro quo harassment is based on a proposed exchange between a person in power and the victim of their harassment this post will discuss quid pro quo harassment and the options that victims have for addressing it in their workplaces.

Recognizing quid pro quo harassment

Quid pro quo harassment may not involve obvious statements of a sexual nature. In fact, it may not be immediately identifiable as sexual harassment. When quid pro quo harassment happens, it generally occurs between someone with power in an organization and someone who works below them.

Quid pro quo harassment involves a request made by the individual in power of their subordinate. It will involve a condition, such as the supervisor asking their employee on a date in exchange for a pay raise. This exchange is at the heart of quid pro quo harassment and is often a necessary piece of evidence in proving such a claim.

How to address quid pro quo harassment

Quid pro quo harassment can feel isolating and overwhelming. A worker may feel as though they have to accept or acquiesce to their supervisor’s request or otherwise suffer harm in their job. A worker who fears that they may lose pay or work opportunities may feel as though saying yes to quid pro quo harassment is their only option.

No worker should be forced into this damaging and dangerous situation. Quid pro quo harassment is wrongful, and workers have rights to stop it. If a worker can report it within their organization, they can do so to take proactive steps to bring the harassment to an end. They should also remember that they have the right to speak with an employment law attorney about ending the harassment they face in their workplace.

This post does not provide any legal advice and it is important that individuals who are facing sexual harassment at work find answers to their important employment law questions. Individual cases can differ greatly, and employment law attorneys can offer their clients the best possible advice for their particular situations.