Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is an abuse of an employer’s power. There are two types of sexual harassment: Quid pro quo and hostile work environment.

Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Quid pro quo harassment is when an employer requires an employee to perform sexual favors as a condition of employment.

Hostile Work Environment

A sexually hostile work environment occurs when an employer maintains an environment where offensive conduct of a sexual nature is tolerated or encouraged, and makes others feel uncomfortable.

Such conduct as dirty jokes, lewd comments, groping and physical assault may create a sexually hostile environment if it is severe, pervasive and unwelcome.

A hostile work environment may also occur on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability or age.

Sexual harassment and discrimination can happen to men and also may apply to gay or lesbian employees.