You may have heard the term quid pro quo before, but do you know how it is defined?
In employment law, quid pro quo is a form of sexual harassment 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.
If you have experienced this form of sexual harassment before, it is not only deplorable, it is illegal. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines regarding Discrimination Because of Sex says that this illegal form of discrimination occurs when “submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual.”
Keep in mind, these laws apply to women and men, and in some circumstances gays and lesbians, and the conditions surrounding a case can also include members of the same sex.
Recently, a female employee sued another female Yahoo executive for sexual harassment and wrongful termination in California. According to TIME, Nan Shi, a software engineer, accuses her direct supervisor, Maria Zhang, a senior engineering director for Yahoo Mobile, of allegedly pressuring her on multiple instances into having oral and cyber-sex in exchange for a “bright future” at Yahoo.
Shi’s lawsuit was filed on July 8. In addition to the harassment claims, Shi also claims that Zhang unfairly downgraded her performance reviews in the second and third quarters of 2013.
Yahoo strongly denied the allegations in a statement. “There is absolutely no basis or truth to the allegations against Maria Zhang. Maria is an exemplary Yahoo executive and we intend to fight vigorously to clear her name,” a Yahoo representative told TIME.
My Supervisor Is Harassing Me. How Can I Stop This?
If a person at your workplace is asking you to perform sexual acts or is behaving in a sexual nature towards you in connection to your employment status, you may be able to file a lawsuit to hold everyone involved accountable. Through this, you can obtain compensation for any losses you may have incurred.
Contact our Los Angeles employment lawyers today if you are experiencing sexual harassment at work. Call us today to discuss your options. We will go to battle for you.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys