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Examples of Quid-Pro-Quo Sexual Harassment

One kind of sexual harassment – quid pro quo (“this for that”) – refers to workplace situations in which an employee or job applicant's submission to or rejections of sexual advances or conduct of a sexual nature is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting that individual. Examples of this type of harassment can include:

  • Requesting sexual favors as a condition for hiring, promotion, advancement, or opportunities
  • Threatening to terminate, transfer, demote, or otherwise adversely affect an employee’s work life if sexual favors are not given or continued
  • Promising or giving an employee a raise or promotion because of real or expected sexual favors
  • Giving an employee a favorable assignment, such as a big sales lead or a spot at the annual convention in Hawaii, with the expectation that the employee will repay the favorable assignment with sexual favors