There are different types of sexual harassment recognized under the law that workers should be familiar with. Most importantly, victims of sexual harassment should understand that they do not have to tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace and that it is prohibited.
Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment
Quid pro quo sexual harassment is one type of sexual harassment that involves a person in a position of authority abusing their role to require sexual favors from subordinates. It usually occurs when a supervisor requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for some benefit or for refraining from taking some negative action.
Benefits the supervisor may extend in exchange for sexual favors can include a pay increase, a promotion or more favorable work hours. Negative actions can include demoting, refusing to promote, reducing pay or hours or firing.
Hostile Work Environment sexual harassment
Hostile work environment sexual harassment is a type of sexual harassment that involves the creation of a work environment that is hostile because of demeaning sexual photographs, sexual jokes or threats. The inappropriate behavior must be pervasive enough that is creates an intimidating, offensive and hostile work environment.
Sexual harassment in the workplace of any type can make it difficult for workers to do their jobs every day which are jobs that they rely on to support their families. Either type of sexual harassment is prohibited by the law. It is important for victims of sexual harassment to be familiar with their legal protections and to understand they do not have to suffer sexual harassment in the workplace.