Brian Singer Sex Abuse Claims: Have You Been Affected By Sexual Bribery in the Workplace?

The internet has been abuzz the last few days with the allegations against superstar director Brian Singer. Brian Singer is the director of such movies as The Usual Suspects, X-Men and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. A man has alleged that Singer sexually abused him in the late 90’s while promising him parts in movies. The victim was a young actor trying to make it big in Hollywood.

Sexual bribery, or quid pro quo harassment, is the idea commonly used to describe it when people in power take advantage of people by offering jobs, gifts, money, etc. in exchange for sexual favors. Sometimes the victim is only promised these things and never actually receives them. Either way, forcing sexual interaction on people is against the law.

Hollywood isn’t the only place sexual bribery can happen. It can happen just as easily in an office environment, restaurant or any other place of employment. If a boss or co-worker tries to exchange raises or promotions in exchange for sex it can be considered quid pro quo sexual harassment. Often this kind of behavior can happen from someone who is in a position of power, making the crime even more reprehensible.

In the case of the allegations against Singer, both the victim and Singer were gay. Sexual bribery doesn’t favor gender. It can happen between two men, two women or a man and a woman. These actions lead to a sexually hostile work environment and cannot be tolerated. No one, regardless of gender, age or race should have to suffer sexual abuse in exchange for a raise or promotion.

It is important to report sexual abuse as soon as possible because you may not be the only one.  In addition to getting justice for the victim, reporting the incident can also help prevent others from being victimized. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused in return for a promotion or a raise, an NYC lawyer can help.

The Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC handles a multitude of cases that involve sexual harassment in New York City. For further information, please feel free to call us at 212-587-0760 or toll-free at 1-877-4NYLAWS or email at dtslaws@msn.com.

 

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