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Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment In California

Employees in California are protected against sexual harassment in the workplace by the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Federal law also protects people against sexual harassment in the workplace. It is important that people recognize different types of sexual harassment, as it is important to report incidents in a timely manner. Inappropriate touching and comments are the types of harassment that easily come to mind, but it is also sexual harassment for a supervisor or other authority figure at work to offer something in exchange for some type of sexual act. Examples may include a job offer, promotion, or raise in exchange for sex. If you did not receive a job, promotion, or raise because you refused to engage in the quid pro quo offer, you may have a case for sexual harassment.

Proving a Quid Pro Quo Harassment Claim

It is important to have a good attorney on your side when making a quid pro quo sexual harassment claim, as your employer may claim that you did not receive a promotion or raise because you weren't qualified, or had engaged in bad behavior yourself at work that was holding you back. A sexual harassment attorney familiar with California law can help you navigate the legal system and prove the various elements of your case, whether you were a job applicant or employee of the company in which the harassment took place.

Your lawyer must show that a person in authority engaged in unwanted verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, or made unwanted sexual advances toward you. The next step is proving that accepting these unwanted conditions would have led to job benefits such as a raise or promotion, or that you did not receive a raise or promotion because you rejected these advances. Finally, the lawyer must prove that you were harmed by these actions taken by an authority figure, such that the harassment led to a significant action such as being fired or passed over for promotion. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney with significant experience in California if you believe you have been a victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment.

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