Forms of Sexual Harassment: Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment
As the previous section emphasized, sexual harassment can manifest itself in many different ways. Despite these variations, most sexual harassment cases in New Jersey ultimately fall into one of two broad categories:
- Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment – Persistent sexual comments or innuendo can create an intimidating, uncomfortable, and extremely distressing work environment for the victim of the harassment. When sexual harassment creates this sort of atmosphere, it is referred to as a “hostile work environment.” Other forms of discrimination, mockery, or bullying, such as racial discrimination or age-based discrimination, can also create a hostile work environment for the victim.
- Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment – “Quid pro quo” is a Latin term which, translated literally, means “this for that.” In general English usage, it connotes an offer to perform a favor in exchange for receiving a favor. An example of quid pro quo sexual harassment would be offering to give you a raise, or to give you additional job benefits, in exchange for performing a sexual act.
North Jersey Sexual Harassment Attorneys for Employees
No one should have to tolerate unwanted sexual comments or advances, including those made in the workplace, regardless of whether they are “just jokes” or “just compliments.” Do not worry about how filing a sexual harassment claim could impact your harasser or the harasser’s enablers. Simply focus on doing what is best for you, and allow our skilled New Jersey lawyers for harassment cases to aggressively assert your legal rights. We are prepared to fight tirelessly on your behalf, and will work strategically to maximize the amount of compensation you can recover.
Whether you work in finance, healthcare, technology, marketing, hospitality, education, entertainment, construction, or an entirely different industry, our sexual harassment attorneys for employees are here to help you understand your legal options. To discuss a New Jersey sexual harassment claim in a free legal consultation, call the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi at (973) 453-4060 today.