April 14, 2014 Category: Sexual Harassment
When we read about sexual harassment lawsuits, it may seem more common to read about females being targeted by male employers. However, any worker can be the target of sexual harassment on the job. And it is important to remember that every person has the right to take legal action if their rights as an employee are violated.
Men are also subjected to mistreatment including quid pro quo harassment, retaliation and unwanted sexual advances by a supervisor. For example, one man in another state recently named his female boss in a lawsuit and was awarded $40,000 when a court agreed that his boss had abused her role as his supervisor and was guilty of sexual harassment.
Reports indicate that the woman made promises to the man, including financial incentives, as long as he maintained a sexual relationship with her. Initially, the two had a consensual sexual exchange because the man says that that was the only way he believed she would give him a job.
However, when he told the woman that he was no longer interested in a physical relationship, she threatened him and said that he may as well quit.
This type of misconduct can be a very serious violation of an employee’s rights. If an employer promises someone a raise, promotion or job in exchange for sexual relationships or favors, it is considered quid pro quo harassment. If an employer threatens a person’s job for not engaging in these behaviors, it can be considered retaliation.
Victims of this type of misconduct in California should know that they have legal options to protect themselves and their jobs. Speaking with an attorney may be a good way for a person to explore their options and take legal action. While some men may be hesitant to speak out about harassment, it is important to know that every person has rights as an employee and no one deserves to have these rights violated on the job.
Source: New York Daily News, “Queens man wins $40,000 after sexual harassment suit against female boss,” Lisa L. Colangelo, April 13, 2014