Hostile Work Environment/Quid Pro Quo
Title VII is a federal anti-discrimination statute that prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions against employees on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title VII.
The U.S. Supreme Court has divided sexual harassment claims into two distinct categories: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. A plaintiff may assert a quid pro quo claim if his or her hiring, promotion, continued employment or other employment status is conditioned on sexual demands (including sex, dating, touching or other physical demands). Quid pro quo may also include claims based on retaliation when an employee or applicant refuses to consent to sexual demands.
A plaintiff may assert a hostile work environment claim if “unwelcome sexual conduct unreasonably interferes with his or her job performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment,” according to guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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