Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
Quid pro quo harassment is a type of sexual harassment. “Quid pro quo” means “this for that” or “something for something” and is a particularly repulsive form of harassment. It occurs when a supervisor either conditions a job benefit on sexual favors, or punishes the employee for refusing to do so.
It can take many forms and one example is for a supervisor to tell a female employee that the only way she will get (or keep) the job is to have sex with the supervisor.
Quid pro quo harassment can also happen in less stark terms. For example, in the corporate setting a senior manager may dole out plum accounts or assignments, or even promotions, based on whether the female employee agrees to go out to dinner with him, on a date, etc.
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