"Quid pro quo" is a legal term that courts and lawyers use in the context of sexual harassment. In Latin, quid pro quo means "something for something." As such, a quid pro quo sexual harassment situation at work involves a co-worker or manager offering someone something in exchange for a sexual favor, sexual act or going on a date.
CBS Chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Les Moonves resigned last Sunday after being hit with numerous sexual harassment allegations. According to the man's accusers, he committed a wide range of sexual misconduct against co-workers. The resignation comes in the wake of a report published by the New Yorker relating to six women who said that the CBS executive sexually harassed them during the 1980s and 1990s.
Recent accusations of sexual assault against #MeToo movement leader, Asia Argento, came as a surprise to anyone who has been watching this important anti-sexual assault movement sweep the nation. Asia Argento, one of the most outspoken activists involved in the #MeToo movement, was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow actor when he was 17 years of age.
It's not clear whether sexual harassment training in California workplaces -- even though it's now commonplace and standard procedure -- actually help to curb sexual harassment at work. This is a particularly distressing revelation considering that most companies readily line their employees up to attend sexual harassment training sessions, then rest on their laurels with the belief that they've done their part to stop this abhorrent employment-related abuse.
Anyone can become a victim of sexual harassment no matter the person's age, gender or type of employment. In fact, this unconscionable behavior -- often directed by superiors at work against lower-level employees -- continues to be pervasive throughout California workplaces even though it's unlawful.
If you're a victim of on-the-job sexual harassment, coming forward may be the only option you have to make it stop aside from quitting your job.
Sexual harassment causes emotional and financial harm to employees throughout California. However, the ones who are brave enough to stand up for their legal rights in court can not only stop the sexual harassment that's plaguing them, but they can also pursue financial compensation for the injuries and damages the unconscionable behavior has caused them.
Los Angeles Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has been accused of groping an underling employee. Originally, the complaint filed by her ex-legislative staffer was determined to be unfounded. However, the alleged victim filed a successful appeal of this decision. Now, the assemblywoman will face more scrutiny.
Sexual harassment can happen in virtually any context. This kind of behavior is not only unconscionable, but it could also be unlawful, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. When the harassment happens at work, for example, it is certainly unlawful – and quid pro quo sexual harassment is perhaps the vilest manifestation of this abuse.
A hundred models have signed a letter asking for more protection and accountability regarding sexual assault and harassment that happens in fashion industry careers. The letter was published by Model Alliance, a model advocacy group. Among the models who signed the letter were Milla Jovovich, Edie Campbell, Karen Elson and Elliot Sailors.