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What is quid pro quo harassment?

On Behalf of | Dec 17, 2021 | Employment Law For Employers

Sexual harassment is a problem in many workforces. It can impact workers in diverse industries and at different stages of their careers. In Kentucky, workers may face both forms of sexual harassment recognized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

One of those forms of sexual harassment is hostile work environment. The other is quid pro quo harassment. This post will discuss the differences between the two and what workers can do when faced with sexual harassment on the job.

Hostile work environment vs. quid pro quo harassment

It is important to start by stating both types of harassment are wrongful. In a hostile work environment claim, a victim alleges that the environment that they work in is filled with unwelcome sexual conduct that interferes with their ability to do their job. Questions about hostile work environment can be directed to trusted employment law attorneys.

Quid pro quo harassment relates to job advancement and benefits. It concerns the request of a supervisor on a subordinate. In the quid pro quo, the supervisor may condition a raise or promotion on the subordinate’s acquiescence to the other’s sexual request.

What can be done about quid pro quo harassment?

The first thing victims of quid pro quo sexual harassment should know is that they do not have to put up with it at work. They can speak up and speak out and work with their employers to bring harassment to its end. In some situations, victims may not be able to resolve their quid pro quo harassment problems in house. When this happens, their employment law attorneys can advise them of the best next steps to protecting their rights.