What Is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when a job benefit is directly tied to an employee submitting to unwelcome sexual advances. For example, a supervisor promises an employee a raise if she will go out on a date with him or tells an employee she will be fired if she doesn't sleep with him.

Only individuals with supervisory authority over a worker can engage in quid pro quo harassment, since it requires the harasser to have the authority to grant or withhold job benefits.

What are examples of Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

  1. Your manager offers you a promotion in exchange for sex.
  2. Your boss threatens to fire you if you reject his or her sexual demands.
  3. You are demoted after refusing sexual involvement with a supervisor, manager, or employer.
  4. Your benefits are withheld — or threatened to be — if you refuse sexual advances.
  5. Participation in desirable work projects is made contingent on sexual favors.
  6. Your employee evaluations are based on your cooperation with sexual demands.

How often do I have to put up with this? Is one time enough?

Only one instance of quid pro quo sexual harassment is required for you to bring a lawsuit against the company. Furthermore, it is illegal for an employer to fire you for suing your company for sexual harassment, even if you do not win the lawsuit. This is called retaliation, and Haeqqquist & Eck may be able to help you litigate this issue as well.

What to Do When You Need Help

If you’ve experienced quid pro quo sexual harassment, contact an employment law attorney. Your legal advocate can advise you on how to report the incident to your human resources department at work. If you have already done so and no action has been taken to discipline the abuser, your attorney can help you move forward with legal options and remedies.

At Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, our attorneys work hard to help employees seek justice in the form of fair and just compensation when their rights at work are violated. In addition to sexual harassment claims, we can handle those involving discrimination, retaliation, unpaid wages and overtime, and wrongful termination.

If you need to pursue legal action, take advantage of a free consultation with a Haeggquist & Eck, LLP employment law attorney. Contact us online or call (619) 468-5222 to schedule yours today.