Sexual harassment comes in two forms: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. With quid pro quo sexual harassment, a victim faces pressure form a superior to engage in sexual activity with him or her in exchange for favorable treatment in the workplace. This favorable treatment can include a raise, a bonus, a flexible schedule, or other perks as a reward for compliance with the supervisor’s sexual requests. In a hostile work environment situation, the victim faces constant mockery, ridicule, embarrassment, and unwanted attention based on his or her sex, gender identity, relationship status, sexual orientation, sexual history, or sexual preferences. Both types of sexual harassment are prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, work with an experienced employment attorney to take action against your employer and rectify the situation.
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