What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is any kind of sexual behavior that is unwelcome and/or inappropriate for the work place. Sexual harassment can embrace verbal harassment (i.e. derogatory comments or dirty jokes under the right circumstances), visual harassment (i.e. derogatory or embarrassing posters, cartoons, drawing, etc.), physical harassment, and sexual favors (i.e. sexual advances, confrontation with sexual demands.)
Sexual harassment is defined as "unwelcomed sexual advances or conduct". Sexual harassment also includes animosity that is gender-based and a sexually charged work environment. In the work place, sexual harassment can come from the owner, supervisor, manager, lead person, foreperson, co-worker and/or customer.
However, sometimes sexual harassment does not restrict itself to the work place. Sexual harassment can come in many forms. Sexual harassment can also be found in schools.
What is Quid Pro Quo?
Quid pro quo sexual harassment takes place when a supervisor or someone with authority over your job demands sexual favors from you in exchange for his/her assistance in promoting, hiring, or retaining you. The demand for sexual favors can be express, e.g. "If you go to bed with me, I will make sure you keep your job or get a raise", or it can be implied from unwelcomed physical conduct such as touching, grabbing or fondling.
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