Q: I am a private caregiver that was hired by a elderly couple sons. At the beginning of my employment a year ago one of
Their sons was asking my coworkers if they thought that I was a crackhead and at the end of my employment. That same son made some sexual advances towards me. This caught me off guard, had me extremely nervous, uncomfortable and scared. Because of my fear of him and loosing my job, when he asked me out I said yes. On the day of the date I came up with excuses to not go. Well he really didn't like that and was extremely upset with me and the following week to the day of the date, I was told not to return the next day to my job. With no explanation and was told by my payee, who also said that I was told not to contact them because they didn't want to have to explain themselves. I just want to know is it considered sexual harassment or not and would or wouldn't I have a case if I said yes to the date and didn't let him know how repulsive I felt at his comments. That were several through texts
A: Hi, there is a claim called "quid pro quo" sexual harassment. This occurs when a job benefit is directly tied to an employee submitting to unwelcome sexual advances. Based on what you stated above, it sounds like your continued employment was tied to you going on a date with the individual. Was he in a supervisory position? There are more facts needed to fully analyze your situation. I would recommend reaching out to an employment law attorney in your state to set up a consultation.
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