What is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?
"Quid pro quo" is a Latin phrase that basically means a trade of one thing for another. In the context of sexual harassment, it is used to describe a situation where you are asked to engage in some way as a condition of getting something at work- a raise, a promotion, sometimes the job itself.
Sometimes this kind of harassment is obvious. If a supervisor tells you he will promote you if you engage in sexual activity with him, that is pretty clear cut. Most times, however, it is less clear. The connection between the unwelcome advance and the job benefit (the "quid pro quo") is usually unstated. The advances themselves may be more subtle, as well.
The essence of a "quid pro quo" harassment claim is that the harasser is using a position of greater power to pressure you to engage in a relationship that is sexual in nature. You should not be afraid to report this kind of behavior even if you gave in and agreed to it, because the law recognizes the inherent power imbalance in this situation.
Learn more here about sexual harassment in Massachusetts.
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