"Quid pro quo" sexual harassment and "hostile work environment" sexual harassment
There are two types of sexual harassment.
The first, "quid pro quo" harassment, happens when someone conditions a term of employment on submitting to unwanted sexual advances. Our clients have been promised shifts if they slept with a manager; they've been threatened with termination if they didn't sleep with a manager; they've been told their boss would make their life hell if they didn't submit to their sexual advances. These are examples of "quid pro quo" harassment.
The second type of sexual harassment, a "hostile work environment," happens when an employee is subjected to unwanted and offensive commentary, gestures, images, etc. For our clients, this has meant receiving graphic text messages, being shown pornography at work, gross comments about their bodies, graphic discussions of other workers' sex lives or preferences, etc. These are just examples of the types of conduct that can create a hostile work environment.
What counts as sexual harassment can depend on the circumstances of your workplace. To confidentially discuss your situation with an experienced employment attorney, contact us today.