Posted on October 25, 2022 in Personal injury
“Something for something.” That’s the basic form of what Qui Pro Quo means, translated from Latin. The term is famous thanks to TV shows and movies, but how does this apply to harassment in the workplace? Quid pro quo is a term used in employment law for harassment that, in most cases, involves a superior seeking sexual favors from an employee in return for various benefits.
Here, we want to delve into quid pro quo harassment in the workplace, examine some scenarios for this harassment, and explore possible legal options for victims.
In order to file a harassment claim arising as a result of quid pro quo requests, the plaintiff (the claimant in the lawsuit) needs to prove the following elements:
Even though quid pro quo requests in the workplace may occasionally be outright obvious, the reality is that this type of sexual harassment is often subtle. Some people may not even realize they are becoming victims of this type of harassment right away.
Quid pro quo harassment could include the following types of scenarios:
Again, sometimes a supervisor or employer will actually ask outright for these kinds of favors, but other times they may imply that they want some type of sexual favor from an employee. This can include using indirect language to refer to sexual acts, using hand gestures or motions to get the employee to guess what they want, showing the employee unwanted sexual images, etc. Even gestures such as a raised eyebrow after offering a raise or promotion could be considered quid pro quo harassment.
If you have experienced quid pro quo harassment in your California workplace, you need to reach out to a skilled employment law attorney as soon as possible. This type of harassment is unacceptable, and you need to take steps to protect yourself, your job, and your finances. An employment law attorney will examine the quid pro quo scenario and work towards developing a case to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to for this type of harassment. This could include reinstatement to a position, any back pay you are owed, lost wages as a result of termination or demotion, any benefits you are owed, and more.