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Sexual Harassment, Quid Pro Quo

When sexual harassment involves the exchange of sexual favors for desired benefits, it is referred to as “quid pro quo” (“this for that”) sexual harassment. Quid pro quo harassment implies a power relationship between harassers and their victims. Usually, quid pro quo harassment involves employees and supervisors, but it may be also consist of inappropriate relationships between students and faculty members in higher education. For example, student athletes who reject sexual advances by their coaches, lose their athletic scholarships, and are prevented from practicing with their teams may raise judicial claims of quid pro quo harassment.

Unlike hostile environment sexual harassment, quid pro quo harassment is more easily recognizable.

Additionally, a single incident of quid pro quo harassment can be a sufficient basis on which to establish ...

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