Although employers have stepped up their efforts in protecting their workers from sexual harassment, still to this day, it remains an issue for many employers as well as employees. The fact is, there are still individuals with high ranking positions who use their power to take advantage of desperate individuals seeking a job as well as workers who feel they have the right to display any type of behavior they deem appropriate toward another coworker.  So, to help continue bringing awareness to the issue and helping individuals gain a better understanding as to what constitutes as sexual harassment, below we are discussing what two common forms are in the workplace along with some examples of each.

  1. Quid Pro Quo. This form of harassment is when an employee “[requires] an applicant or employee to submit to offensive conduct as a condition of employment.”

What are some examples of quid pro quo?

Some examples of quid pro quo harassment that Time Up shared include:

  • “If you have sex with me, I will hire you.”If an employer has ever told you this or you felt obligated to engage in sexual activity with them simply because you have no other prospective job offers and were short on money, then you may want to speak with a sexual harassment attorney.
  • If you have sex with me, I will give you favorable work hours.”Some employers may offer more work hours while others might put a promotion on the line. Either way, if they are offering you something in exchange for a sexual favor, they are engaging in sexual harassment and should be recognized for it.
  • “Would you have drinks or dinner with me so we can discuss your potential employment with the company?”Although your boss may not ask for sexual favors at first, it isn’t exactly professional to discuss your employment over drinks and/or dinner. That should be done in a formal setting such as at the office or in front of a team that is responsible for bringing on new employees.
  1. Hostile Work Environment. Another form of sexual harassment comes in the form of a hostile work environment. The source states that a hostile work environment might include “unwelcome verbal, physical, or visual conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment or that interferes with work performance.” In most cases, your employer may engage in behavior that is considered to be “severe or pervasive in nature.”

What are some examples that would make a work environment a hostile one to work in?

  • “You have such a hot body. Those pants look so great on you.” A compliment is a compliment but when it contains a sexual connotation behind it, it becomes more than just a flattering statement. Not only is it inappropriate to tell someone they have a “hot body” while at work or in any other environment, many don’t take this to be a form of harassment although some legal professionals might consider it just that.
  • Your boss or another coworker gives you unwanted kisses, touches you inappropriately, or gropes you.
  • You receive “suggestive email or texts” which might include “semi-nude or nude photos or derogatory or suggestive cartoons.”

Now that you understand what these two forms of sexual misconduct look like and you feel you are the victim of either form of harassment, contact today. We can help you locate an attorney in the San Diego, CA area who can explain what courses of action can be taken to hold an individual accountable for their behavior. We work with some of the most respectable and qualified San Diego, CA sexual harassment lawyers in the field who can provide you with the support and information you might be seeking.