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People make a lot of questionable assumptions when it comes to sexual harassment, and the idea that only women are subject to sexual harassment or that the parties involved must be of opposite genders are common mistakes.

Anyone can face sexual harassment, and they can face it from someone of the same gender or the opposite gender. The Supreme Court affirmed decades ago that someone can face sexual harassment from a person of the same sex.

What is same-sex quid pro quo sexual harassment?

Quid pro quo sexual harassment involves one person soliciting favors from another for workplace benefits. In a same-sex quid pro quo harassment situation, one of the parties may be either homosexual or bisexual. They may also enjoy manipulating others from a position of power and may identify as heterosexual. What matters the most is that someone leverages their position of authority to demand romantic, physical or sexual favors from someone else.

How does someone of the same sex create a hostile work environment?

Hostile work environments are the second major form of sexual harassment in the workplace. Someone of the same sex can create a hostile work environment by making nasty jokes about someone’s appearance, sexual habits or sexual identity. They might gossip about a co-worker or otherwise attempt to belittle and humiliate them while turning other workers against them. 

Whether you have dealt with a supervisor trying to leverage their position for personal gain or co-workers abusing you because of your gender or sexuality, you have the right to request that your employer intervene and stop the harassment. If they do not, you may be able to take action against the company.