Allegations of Quid Pro Sexual Harassment by an Employee

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Allegations of Quid Pro Sexual Harassment by an Employee

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Sexual harassment is a major concern in all workplaces, especially in California, where there are strict rules for employers to prevent harassment. However, despite your company’s best efforts, you might have an employee come to HR with a complaint of quid pro quo harassment. This situation can be more serious than a hostile work environment complaint.

Quid pro quo harassment is a form of sexual harassment that takes place between a supervisor (or someone with authority) and an employee. The person with authority requests sexual favors and makes the victim’s job a condition of their response. For example:

  • A manager promises to give an employee a raise in exchange for sexual conduct
  • A boss threatens to fire an employee if they refuse to engage in sexual conduct

There could be an employment benefit or detriment on the line, but both constitute quid pro quo harassment.

When an employee complains of such conduct, it is a serious matter. Unlike hostile work environment harassment, your company does not have the opportunity to rectify the situation before liability is imposed. Instead, employers in California are automatically liable if someone in charge engages in quid pro quo harassment.

It is important to respond to an employee’s complaint in the proper manner to avoid a blown-out legal case against your company. Right away, you should consult with a San Francisco employment lawyer who can advise you on how to proceed.

Seek Assistance from a San Francisco Employment Attorney

Whether your company wants to defend against false sexual harassment claims or reach an agreement with an employee, the Yudien Law Firm, P.C., can help guide the way. We can help to protect your company from unwarranted liability or damage to your reputation. Contact us online or call 925.472.0600 for more information about our employment services.

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