Sexual Harassment Essay

1049 WordsAug 31, 20135 Pages
1. Based upon the scenario, does the employee have a legally viable claim for quid pro quo sexual harassment and/or hostile environment sexual harassment? What is the likely outcome? There are two types of harassment: quid pro quo and hostile environment sexual harassment. Quid pro quo harassment typically occurs when a supervisor makes a request for a sexual favor in return for giving an employee an employment-related benefit. Hostile environment sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome sexual attention or conduct is so severe or pervasive that it creates a working environment that a reasonable person would find abusive. It also occurs when the attention or conduct unreasonably interferes with the employee's job performance. Based upon the scenario, Ms. Murphy has a legally viable claim for both quid pro quo and hostile environment sexual harassment against Personal Connections Are Us, Inc. Hostile environment harassment occurred when Robert Singer, Ms. Murphy’s co-worker, made comments about her picture in which she had a bathing suit top on. She often witnessed him staring at the photo of her in her bathing suit and making lewd comments regarding her body. She requested he stop making comments because it made her uncomfortable. He took it a step further by taking the picture and putting it on his screensaver on his computer and made obscene edits of the picture. Quid pro quo harassment occurred when the manager Dwayne Miller informed Brittany she was traveling with him; she never was required to travel before. She stated she would prefer not to travel; but was told the travel was work related and they would be sharing the same room. He offered her a transfer to another department and a promotion if she exposed her breasts to him. She refused and was then demoted to the mailroom and took a pay cut. Brittany has a legitimate claim for both work environment

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