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What is quid pro quo harassment?

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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Eric Bachman litigates employment discrimination and whistleblower retaliation cases. He can be reached at (202) 769-1681 and [email protected] Bachman is Chair of the discrimination and retaliation Practices at Zuckerman Law. Previously, Bachman served as Special Litigation Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and a Deputy Special Counsel with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.