A Learning Guide to Recognizing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
The Facts About Sexual Harassment An unwelcome sexual advance, a request for favors of a sexual nature, verbal abuse, and physical altercations of a sexual nature are all considered sexual harassment. The two most common types of sexual harassment are quid pro quo and hostile work environment. While there are several other types of sexual harassment, these two activities are reported most often.
Quid Pro Quo Harassment
The phrase quid pro quo is Latin, and it means “something for something.” In the case of sexual harassment, it generally means an employee or potential employee is asked to perform some sort of sexual activity in order to gain something within the workplace. In this type of harassment, the perpetrator is generally a supervisor or a manager, someone that has the authority to grant employment, give raises or offer a promotion.
Hostile Work Environment
Behavior that makes a workplace feel intolerable to one or more employees is a form of harassment. This form of harassment takes the form of the gender of sexual-based comments, jokes, slurs, or other activities. Peers, supervisors, or 3rd parties can be the victims and the perpetrators of this type of harassment. There does not have to be a sexual desire attached to harassment that falls in the hostile work environment category.