Quid pro quo is a form of sexual harassment that occurs when a supervisor asks you to perform sexual acts or is acting suggestive towards you in connection to your employment status.
This includes instances where you are asked to perform acts in exchange for money or promotions by an employer. This form of harassment is immoral, illegal and should not be tolerated.
Recently, Katie Waissel, 28, a former contestant on the British version of television show “The X Factor” filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Equinox Fitness Woodland Hills Inc. and her former boss.
According to Patch.com, Waissel moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to seek out an entertainment career when she applied for a job at the gym in 2013. She said she sent in her resume in response to an online ad and was soon contacted by the supervisor named in the lawsuit.
The supervisor allegedly offered her a salaried position at the Woodland Hills facility after several interviews, including ones at local restaurants where alcohol was ordered. After her hire, the supervisor allegedly provided Waissel with a celebratory dinner where he allegedly forced himself on her. The lawsuit claims that at this point, Waissel determined that the supervisor was only interested in a sexual relationship.
After the dinner incident, Waissel discovered that the supervisor was “a sexual predator of not just her, but countless other women” and was “actively involved in online trolling for sexual escapades,” the lawsuit states.
She reportedly complained to human resources, but did not receive assistance. She said she was eventually forced to resign.
Should I Contact an Attorney If a Supervisor Sexually Harasses Me?
It is illegal for an employer to base employment on unwelcome sexual advances, sexual favors and/or other physical and verbal sexual contact. If this is happening to you, you need to report it to your human resources department and speak to a labor attorney.
If you are experiencing sexual harassment at your workplace, you could be entitled to damages. Call us to discuss your options. You should not have to suffer because of a supervisor’s reprehensible behavior.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys