Two kinds of Sexual Harassment

There are two kinds of sexual harassment.

The first is “quid pro quo” harassment. Quid Pro Quo in layman’s terms means something for something. A co-worker who is threatened with a demotion ( or promised a promotion) in exchange for “sexual favors” is one example of quid pro quo sexual harassment. A supervisor or other person in a position of authority usually perpetrates this type of sexual harassment.

The second type of sexual harassment is “hostile work environment” harassment. Harassers in this type of situation can be either superiors or co-workers. Hostile work environment harassment exist when;

  • A person is subjected to sexual; advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
  • The conduct was unwelcomed
  • The conduct was sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the victim’s employment and create an abusive working environment. 
  • Such conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.