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“Quid Pro Quo” Sexual Harassment


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Under Massachusetts law, there are two types of sexual harassment claims: the first is called “quid pro quo” sexual harassment and the second is referred to as “hostile work environment.”

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 151B defines “quid pro quo” sexual harassment as “sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission or rejection of such advances, requests or conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or as a basis of employment decisions.”

“Quid pro quo” sexual harassment occurs when an individual with authority to control the terms and conditions of another employee’s work offers some benefit in exchange for sexual favors.  It may also occur when an employee is denied some work benefit because she rejected the requests for sexual favors.

At Sankey Law Offices, we represent employees who have been fired, demoted or transferred because of their refusal to engage in sexual relations at work.  A sample of our cases in which we represented victims of sexual harassment includes:

  • A teenage worker in a supermarket who was sexually assaulted by her supervisor;
  • An employee in a department store who had her work hours reduced after she rejected the advances of her supervisor;
  • A young woman who endured months of humiliating comments and physical abuse by a restaurant manager before reporting the conduct to her employer; and
  • A female employee who received graphic and offensive text messages from her supervisor soliciting her to engage in sexual activity.

Sexual harassment is embarrassing and demoralizing.  It can cause severe emotional distress and have financial consequences when employees are compelled to leave their job to escape the harassment. When we are contacted to represent an employee who has been victimized by sexual harassment, we make it a point to be by her side through all steps of the process. We will assist in dealing with the employer and we have the experience and dedication to protect our clients’ rights through hearings at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination or in court.

If you have been subjected to sexual harassment in your place of employment, please contact an attorney at Sankey Law Offices to discuss how we can help.  In most cases, we are willing to work on a contingency fee basis, with no charge for our legal services unless you receive compensation for your losses.