Imagine working hard to get that promotion at your job only to find it actually hinges on some rather unpleasant conditions: Your supervisor wants sexual favors to affect the promotion.
In such a case, you could be a victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment, a situation many workers across the country find themselves in. It is a rampant – yet underreported problem in the workplace today, and you need to be vigilant and protect yourself.
How does it play out?
Quid pro quo sexual harassment starts from the top. Usually, the perpetrator is someone with authority who can use their power or influence to affect aspects of your job. For example, besides a promotion, you may be offered a pay rise or favorable working shifts if you bend to their will.
It can also happen at the point of hiring where you may be asked for sexual favors in return for the job. Like any other form of sexual harassment, it is against the law, and if you are a victim, you need to take action.
What can you do?
Unlike other direct sexual harassment types, it may not be easy to prove quid pro quo harassment since the perpetrator may be subtle with their advances. However, if you can show that you faced adverse actions because you failed to extend sexual favors to your supervisor, you can get legal relief. For instance, text messages and emails, to that effect, could go a long way in proving your case.
Your employer owes you a safe working environment. If it is proven that you are a victim of sexual harassment at the workplace, the court may order them to pay for lost wages or benefits and any missed opportunities resulting from the harassment.
Learning more about how to navigate the whole process before setting out will help you anticipate any troubles along the way and ensure you get the justice you deserve.