Sexual harassment in the workplace can take many forms, but every transgression falls under one of just two main categories — hostile work environment or quid pro quo. Identifying a hostile work environment is often easier than recognizing quid pro quo harassment, but neither is any less damaging than the other. Although most people are familiar with the kinds of behavior that creates hostility, quid pro quo harassment tends to be more subtle. As a result, there are a lot of misconceptions about it. Here, the compassionate lawyers from Carey & Hamner, P.C. explain what you should know about quid pro quo sexual harassment in the workplace.
How to Identify It
Quid pro quo sexual harassment refers to scenarios where a worker’s response to a superior’s sexual advances affects employment decisions. Signs of quid pro quo harassment include unwarranted promotions, unexplained friction among employees, rumors about a sexual relationship between a supervisor and a subordinate, and clear favoritism. If something feels off between you and a superior, it is worth talking to a lawyer about it, even if you cannot pinpoint what is bothering you. People who commit quid pro quo harassment are incredibly manipulative and often gaslight their victims, so trust your instincts and reach out.
How to Seek Justice
Accusing a superior of any kind of transgression may not seem like a good idea, but employees have rights, and they deserve protection — and justice — regardless of their position in the company. If you think you’ve been the victim of quid pro quo harassment, save any tangible evidence, like email messages, and then call a lawyer to determine what to do. Employees are protected under both federal and state law and can sue their employer without fear of retaliation if they have been victimized.
If you experienced sexual harassment at work, turn to a strategic lawyer at Carey & Hamner, P.C. to determine how you should proceed. Located in Dothan, AL, this law firm is proud to represent clients throughout Enterprise and Ozark who have been injured or wronged. Their areas of expertise include workers’ compensation, motor vehicle collisions, and Social Security disability. Contact someone on their team by visiting their website or by calling (855) 435-4797. You can also find their team on Facebook.