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This is a Latin terms which in essence means “something for something.” In the context of sexual harassment, quid pro quo generally means that a person with authority (supervisor, manager, owner, etc.) demands sexual favors from a subordinate employee in exchange for a better job, promotion or some other benefit of employment.

While this might be the strongest form of sexual harassment, it is also the rarest. At least it was considered so until many brave women, through the #metoo and #timesup movements, brought the vulgar behavior they experienced over many years to light. Once determined that quid pro quo sexual harassment occurred, the employer is considered strictly liable. This means that other than denying the harassment occurred, there is no defense which an employer can raise as why or how quid pro quo sexual harassment occurred.

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