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CBS sued for sexual harassment

In a case similar to others proceeding in Texas and elsewhere, a woman has sued her company for that form of sexual harassment in which sexual favors are a prerequisite for employment. This type of sexual harassment is generally known as a quid pro quo situation. The defendant this time is media giant CBS.

The employee said she got her job by agreeing to a supervisor's request for sex. That wasn't the end of it, however. The woman claims in her complaint that the supervisor continued to remind her of the quid pro quo arrangement. She alleges that he went as far as actually demanding that she pay him her first month's wages or she would be fired and she ended up writing him two checks.

In her complaint, the woman claims that, after she got the job, the supervisor demanded that she be his girlfriend or she would be fired. Fearing to lose her job, she eventually obliged, but as the suit claims, it became apparent that continuing in the relationship with her supervisor was a prerequisite to her continued employment. After six months, the woman called off the relationship, and the supervisor began engaging in alleged retaliatory actions leading up to her termination last January.

Although similar sexual harassment cases have been tried in Texas and elsewhere, it may not be as blatant as the allegations in  the CBS case. The quid pro quo arrangement may take a subtler form, but if there is an offer or demand for an arrangement in which sexual favors are expected to be traded for employment favors, an employee may have grounds to file suit against the employer. Although the law leans towards terminated individuals regaining their jobs, this is not always a realistic solution due to the bitterness that can remain between the employee and the employer; monetary awards are usually given instead.

Source: Source: Hollywood Reporter, ""90210" Set Dresser Sues CBS for Sexual Harassment," Eriq Gardner, July 2, 2013

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