title>The Citadel's Sexual Harassment Tutorial
One type of sexual harassment is called quid pro quo -- which is a Latin phrase meaning "something for something." With quid pro quo sexual harassment on the job, an employee must submit to some form of unwelcome sexual conduct in exchange for receiving a term or condition of employment, such as a promotion, benefits, or the job itself.
Consider this hypothetical situation.
Alan is a senior partner in the Acme law firm and is in charge of hiring and firing the firm's attorneys. He has taken a special interest in Barbara, a new associate Alan hired fresh out of law school. After Barbara has worked in the firm for a few months, Alan asks Barbara into his office for a private meeting. Shortly after the meeting commences, Alan tells Barbara that the only way she can hope to remain employed at Acme is by having sex with him. Barbara refuses; three months later, without giving any reason, Alan fires Barbara.
Is Barbara the victim of sexual harassment?