Quid Pro Quo

A Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Attorney at the Pursley Law Firm will assist you in a case against your employer. Whatever you were subjected to and whatever the consequences of your refusal of sexual advances, the quid pro quo sexual harassment lawyer in the Pursley Law Firm can successfully pursue claims for employees all over Texas; specifically in the cities of Dallas, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and El Paso.

Quid pro quo sexual harassment is "discriminatory behavior by a supervisor that compels an employee to elect between acceding to sexual demands and forfeiting job benefits, continued employment or promotion, or otherwise tangible job detriments." This type of sexual harassment can also be very prevalent in higher education colleges and universities.

In a quid pro quo action, the employee bears the burden of proof to support charges that submission to the unwelcome sexual advances of supervisory personnel was an express or implied condition for receiving job benefits; such as a raise, promotion or higher grade, or that a tangible job detriment resulted from the employee's failure to submit to the sexual demands of supervisory employees. The burden of proof in a quid pro quo case is similar to that in a more conventional disparate treatment case. An employee's proof can include evidence of submission to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually abusive or vulgar language, or other verbal, visual, or physical conduct that was conditioned on the employee's terms or conditions of employment or used as the basis for employment decisions. A case of quid pro quo sexual harassment requires proof of the following elements: the employee was subjected to unwelcome sexual harassment in the form of sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; the harassment complained of was based on sex or gender; the employee's reaction to the harassment affected tangible aspects of the employee's compensation or other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment; and the person acting in the harassing conduct is a superior or supervisor with some sort of authority over the victim.

By definition, quid pro quosexual harassment involves the conduct of management, other vice principals or some sort of supervisory employees with the power to act for the company. Accordingly, an employer is often said to be strictly liable for quid pro quo sexual harassment by supervisors, managers, and agents who have authority over hiring, firing, and the terms and conditions of employment. Under common law theory in many states, including Texas, an employer's senior management or vice principals (owners and high level managers or executives) are the equivalent of the employer for liability purposes. The courts reason that a corporate employer can act only through its agents, and in the case of vice principals, an agency relationship is presumed. In general, this means owners and high level managers or executives act for the company, and the company will be held liable for their actions.

Sexual harassment can have detrimental effects on the victim whether they are emotional, financial, or physical. Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment claims need to be handled with a competent and compassionate attorney that has the experience necessary to pursue a case against companies, universities, government agencies, and corporations of all sizes.

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