This is very important! Sexual harassment at work is a form of unlawful sex discrimination. Quid pro quo sexual harassment is the type of harassment people are most familiar with. Even after an administrative claim or lawsuit is filed, however, negotiations are typically an ongoing process throughout the life of a sexual harassment case. Harassment by supervisors and co-workers If the harassment is by a supervisor, under California law, the employer will be on the hook under strict liability. Conclusion Sexual harassment law offer strong protections in California and victims should not be afraid to fight back.