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Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when a person in authority trades, or tries to trade, job benefits for sexual favors.  Quid pro quo is a legal term meaning a trade.  This type of harassment occurs between an employee and someone with authority, like a supervisor, who can grant or withhold job benefits.  Quid pro quo sexual harassment includes:

  • Offering or granting better working conditions or opportunities in exchange for a sexual relationship
  • Threatening adverse working conditions (like demotions, shift alterations, or work location changes) or denial of opportunities if a sexual relationship is refused
  • Using pressure, threats, or physical acts to force a sexual relationship
  • Retaliating for refusing to engage in a sexual relationship