Quid Pro Quo Harassment Is Unacceptable In The Workplace — Our Attorneys Can Stop It
When a supervisor or co-worker demands sexual favors, of any kind, in trade for better treatment in the office, it is a form of sexual harassment, regardless of that person’s intent. If the employee accepts, he or she is submitting to a form of debasement. If he or she refuses, frequently, it results in retaliation, making it more difficult for the employee to do his or her job.
At The Employee Rights Group, LLC, our attorneys understand how difficult these situations can be, on both sides of the coin. We have represented employees who have suffered from quid pro quo harassment and employers who have been accused of it.
Most law firms represent one side of an employment issue. We feel that our in-depth knowledge and understanding of both sides allow us to create a stronger strategy and bring about the resolution our clients are seeking.
What Does Quid Pro Quo Mean?
Quid pro quo means something for something. “You do this for me, and I’ll do that for you.”
In employment law, quid pro quo refers to bosses, supervisors or co-workers exacting sexual favors for favorable treatment: a job, a better job, a raise and so forth.
The quid pro quo is a form of sexual bribery that requires acceptance of a steady stream of harassment that can come in many forms, including, innuendos and suggestive comments or jokes, unavoidable pictures, emails or videos of inappropriate material. It may require submission to sexual acts.
If an employee refuses, retaliation may occur. Promotions and raises are denied. Employees are let go, and their employment records give other reasons for termination: poor performance, insubordination and worse.
How To Prove Quid Pro Quo Harassment
In a quid pro quo harassment claim, the employee must have evidence that sexual advances were made, that the plaintiff rejected or submitted to the advances or conduct, and that the advances were explicitly or implicitly a condition for employment or employment decisions.
This can be a very sensitive situation for both parties involved. We are cognizant of this, and offer our clients the quality service and aggressive representation they deserve, whichever side of an issue they may be on.
Talk To Our Attorneys About Your Options For Pursuing A Quid Pro Quo Claim
If you have been the victim of unwanted advances, with the implicit or explicit condition that your response will affect your job status, give The Employee Rights Group, LLC of Boston, Massachusetts, a call at 774-847-7390 and describe what happened. As an alternative, email us your description.