There are many different kinds of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, however quid pro quo sexual harassment is unique in that it involves someone asking for something in the exchange for something else (usually something sexual) (Gamble, p. 277). An example the book gives is if a boss offers a promotion to an assistant if she spends the night in his room on a business trip.

An example of quid pro quo sexual harassment is found in the movie Legally Blond. In this movie, Elle Woods is striving to become a lawyer and her professor/boss offers her an apprenticeship if she were to become sexually involved with him. Elle refuses and the professor says “I thought you wanted to be a lawyer,” insinuating that as a woman, she needed to sleep her way to the top of the professional hierarchy.

Gamble, T. K., & Gamble, M. W. (2003). The Gender Communication Connection. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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