Why is sexual harassment in the workplace an abuse of power?
The proper use of power in the workplace can prevent Sexual Harassment.
Misuse of Power can create it, as it does in the following example:
“It’s a long day”, said Elaine. “Eddie is the best I manager I have ever had. He is fair, and he is always concerned about what I am doing. I didn’t think twice about his request.”
"When he asked he to stop for a drink on the way home. I just couldn’t believe it when he leaned over, put his arm around me, and told me that if I went to a motel with him, it would help me to get promoted. I’ll never be able to look at him in the same way again. I can’t trust him, and I don’t want to be alone with him”.
Sexual harassment is as much about power as it is about sex and the law.
What Constitutes Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment? When a supervisory level person requests or demands sexual favors in exchange for some employment benefit. The employment benefit of this approach could be keeping the job the person already holds, a future promotion, a pay increase, a satisfactory performance review, or any other employment benefit.
As with other forms of discrimination, quid pro quo sexual harassment can be intentional or unintentional. It can be direct or indirect.
If you have been approached in any of these ways and have been a victim of these or similar types of advances, it is important to be able to talk with someone about how this has affected your life.
As a professional coach, I have addressed this matter on both a corporate level and a personal level.
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