Consensual Relationship In The Workplace

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Even though romantic interactions in the office are becoming more and more common, employers have sincere reasons for apprehension about workers dating. The main fear is a sexual harassment lawsuit resulting from either: 1) a superior who has a pattern of soliciting juniors out on dates; 2) a worker who files a complaint after a consensual relationship goes south; or 3) the view of co-workers that a manager is playing favorites with his or her "significant other."

Sexual harassment laws forbid "unwelcome" sexual advances. Therefore, the partakers in a really "consensual" relationship cannot support sexual harassment. The struggle for the employer is proving that the relationship was consensual. Frequently, an employee will contend that he

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