Monday, June 05, 2000

Romance in workplace can entangle employers

Gannett News Service

        When two employees have a romantic relationship, business leaders must be careful it doesn't put them in legal jeopardy, according to Workplace News Source newsletter.

        Office romances can lead to charges of sexual favoritism or conflicts of interest, and soured relationships can spark sexual harassment law suits if the jilted party retaliates or makes unwelcome sexual advances to try to rekindle the affair, it said.

        “There are steps business should take before they have a problem, during the actual rela tionship, and after it turns sour if and when it does,” the newsletter said. Among the tips:

        • All businesses should have a written policy covering “romantic danger zones.”

        • Managers should make sure all employees know sexual harassment will not be tolerated.


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