Sexual harassment is a little different than general harassment. Sexual harassment takes two forms in California. The first is called quid pro quo and the other form is called the hostile work environment.

The hostile work environment for a sexual harassment claim falls under the same guidelines as general harassment. The only thing that makes it sexual harassment is that you are being harassed by ongoing sexually based conduct, for example, men who constantly proposition women for sex and make sexual gestures in the workplace.

According to the University of Michigan, the other form of sexual harassment that is not as well known is quid pro quo harassment. This is when a person with authority in the company tells you that if you do something sexual for them, then they are going to do something beneficial for you, like give you a raise or some other workplace benefit. It can also be the reverse; you are not given a benefit because you refuse to engage in some type of sexual activity.

People, primarily women, need to be aware of both types of harassment at work. The number one way to combat this is if all the people being subjected to either type of harassment come together and bring a class-action lawsuit. The more the people that are impacted by the policy stand up for themselves, the better chance they have at proving the case. If you are being subjected to unwanted sexual advances, where your employer is tying a benefit to you engaging in sexual activity, contact an attorney.

This article does not offer legal advice.