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The phrase quid pro quo refers to giving something in return for something else.

In contrast with sexual harassment in hostile environment sex-related behaviors which make the victim feel uncomfortable,

Quid pro quo sexual harassment refers to when a direct supervisor seeks sexual favours in return for something within the supervisor's powers, such as threatening to fire someone, or offering them a promotion. It constitutes an abuse of supervisory power.

Often such offer contains an implied threat, and unlike with genuine offer, the employee might risk something by turning the supervisor down.

As a result, many of the sexual harassment victims in the Mitsubishi did not dare to lodge a complaint against their supervisors, who were the one harassing them.

Ethics is the system of moral principles; while moral is concerning principles of right and wrong behaviour. Therefore, it is an ethical decision-making process to a decision of whether sexual harassment is morally right or wrong moral.

Promotion based on sexual prowess may also violate utility and justice.

Obviously, a company can be harmed financially when either inefficient worker gets promoted because of non-work related skills, or when efficient but non-compliant women get passed over for promotion.

Sexual harassment would also negatively affect the performance of the victims.

Under utilitarianism, the harasser will enjoy the maximum pleasures from his action because he has satisfied his sexual needs. It is the victims, the women who receive the greatest amount of pain in the process. As a result of this, sexual harassment is unethical as it reduces the net social benefits.

Johh Rawls first principle of justice states that each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive total system equal basic liberties compatible with a similar system of liberty for all.

This principle requires that all employees (male and female) be treated equally and that promotions ought to be based on merit, and not on factors unrelated to job performance.

If women who do great work, but get passed over for raises and promotion because they refuse to comply with her supervisor's sexual needs, then it is obviously unfair to these non-compliant women.

In this case, sexual



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