What is quid pro quo harassment? 

Sadly, many workers in New York still suffer sexual harassment in the workplace. Often, this is blatant. For instance, a co-worker or supervisor may touch a worker inappropriately or make rude comments on a repeated basis. 

However, sexual harassment comes in numerous forms and quid pro quo harassment is frequently overlooked. Have any of the following scenarios impacted you? If so, you may be able to hold your supervisor legally accountable for their inappropriate conduct. 

An improper proposition for promotion 

You work hard every day and you’re extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the industry you specialize in. It is on this basis that you hope to be promoted in the future. 

Unfortunately, your supervisor doesn’t seem to care about any of this. They have offered you a promotion, but it’s in exchange for carrying out sexual favors. This is not something you should ever have to put up with and it is unlawful in the state of New York. 

Unjustified disciplinary action 

You refused the promotion and the advances of your supervisor. They’ve taken it very personally and are now seeking to push you out of the company through the disciplinary process. 

You should only be judged on your job performance and certainly not because you have stood up for yourself. You’re not the one who is in the wrong here. 

You should feel safe and respected in the workplace, and no one has the right to make you feel otherwise. If you have suffered sexual harassment, having legal guidance behind you will help you to address this and find a suitable solution. 

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