While the scandal involving Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein dominates media headlines, for many victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, it's just another day in the office.
Ellen Pao knows a thing or two about discrimination in the Silicon Valley tech industry. She experienced it firsthand and sought justice through the California civil courts. Then she wrote a book to tell the world about the way women who work in a typically male-dominated industry are systemically treated.
Sexual harassment comes in many forms, and if you think sexual harassment is rare -- or less common -- in the modern world, you're mistaken. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to talk with one California worker who hasn't experienced or witnessed this kind of abuse on the job.
Uber is clearly having some serious growing pains, as evidenced by numerous media reports this week. The beleaguered company is reeling from allegations of sexual harassment and the announcement that its co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Travis Kalaninck, will be taking "an indefinite leave of absence."
It may start out fairly innocuously. Perhaps, as the female staffer, you are routinely expected to make the coffee for meetings. Or maybe you start expecting to see "Honey" or "Sweetheart" typed on your paycheck because that's all that the big boss ever calls you.
During a three year period (2013-2016), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) fired no less than nine employees for violating sexual harassment policies. During that same period, UCSF also investigated over a dozen other employees for the same kinds of violations. These facts alone indicate a problem within the University, but the recent release of records shows that the problem runs even deeper.
First, you should understand what the Latin phrase "quid pro quo" means. According to Merriam-Webster it means, "Something given or received for something else." A simpler way to think of it is, "this for that." Often, quid pro quo arrangements are beneficial to all parties involved and are a valid part of agreements between two people.