What is Quid Pro Quo Harassment?

Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyer Defines This Type of Sexual Harassment

The phrase “quid pro quo” is Latin for “this for that,” or exchanging something to receive something in return. As it relates to employment law, quid pro quo is a form of sexual harassment in the workplace. It can also be blackmail that occurs when a supervisor uses his or her position of authority against an employee and requests that the employee perform sexual favors in exchange for employment-related benefits.

Our Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers have more than 100 years combined legal experience protecting the rights of workers in California. We understand how to put a stop to all types of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. It is your legal right as a worker to feel safe while on the job. When a manager threatens this safety by making unwanted sexual advances in return for a pay raise, advancement within the company or keeping your job, you may pursue legal action in a quid pro quo harassment case.

Quid Pro Quo Harassment Definition

The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines regarding the Discrimination Because of Sex (29 C.F.R. Section 1604.11) defines two different kinds of sexual harassment:

  1. Quid pro quo – Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when “submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual.”
  2. Hostile working environment – Examples of hostile workplaces are here.

All forms of sexual harassment, including quid pro quo sexual harassment, are illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act on 1964. However, in order to have successful quid pro quo hostile work environment cases, workers must have experienced severe or pervasive (widespread) effects on their employment. These in turn then created the hostile workplace.

To build a strong quid pro quo sexual harassment case, your employment attorney must determine if the sexual conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a quid pro quo hostile work environment. This is the case whether the conduct occurred once or several times.

Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyer Representing Workplace Sexual Harassment Victims

Is your supervisor forcing you to do sexual acts? Is he/she behaving in a sexual nature towards you in connection to your employment status? If so, then you may be able to file a harassment case to hold them accountable. Please contact Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers at our firm today. We can schedule a consultation to talk about your rights and what to do after sexual harassment at work.