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Understanding quid pro quo sexual harassment

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2014 | Sexual Harassment At Work

As an employee in the state of Florida you have many rights, some of which you may not even be aware of. It is important for you to know right from wrong in the workplace, as this allows you to act in an appropriate manner while also dealing with any action from another worker that may be considered crossing the line.

The phrase “quid pro quo” translates to “this for that.” When it comes to quid pro quo sexual harassment, it means somebody is offering a benefit, such as continued employment or a promotion, in exchange for a sexual favor. In the event that your rejection or acceptance has an impact on your employment, it is considered illegal.

Deciphering between legal and illegal sexual harassment is not always simple. For example, if a coworker or boss asks you on a date, this one-time action is not considered sexual harassment. However, if the person continually makes requests, which you turn down, it could be considered illegal.

There are also situations in which a consensual relationship turns into illegal harassment. This is true if you attempt to break up with the person, just to have the individual threaten you with an action such as a demotion.

Learning the ins and outs of quid pro quo sexual harassment is important if you feel you are a victim. Rather than continue to deal with this activity, it is within your rights to learn more about your legal options. You can get started by reading over our many pages dedicated to sexual harassment in the workplace and related topics.